TV REPORTS FCW TV REPORT 7/19: Duke & Bo Rotundo tag team, No-longer-D.J. Gabriel, Joe Hennig
Jul 26, 2009 - 3:30:37 PM
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Florida Championship Wrestling TV Report
July 19, 2009
Aired on the Bright House Sports Network
Report by Cody Endres, PWTorch contributor
-Announcers Dusty Rhodes & Byron Saxton open the show. Tonight the FCW Tag Titles are on the line and Joe Hennig returns to action.
1 – DYLAN KLEIN & MR. TARVER vs. DUKE ROTUNDO & BO ROTUNDO
Apparently the detective agency ran by Duke Rotundo and Vic Adams is no more. The Rotundo brothers work over Klein early on. Tarver tags in and hits Bo with a T-bone suplex. Klein nails an elbow drop off the second rope onto Bo. The announcers talk about Abraham Washington having a show on ECW. Bo manages to back body drop Klein and make the hot tag to his brother. Duke with a big running splash onto Klein in the corner. Duke knocks Tarver off the apron and hits Klein with a running sentaun for the win.
WINNERS: Duke Rotundo & Bo Rotundo in 5:06. Pretty good tag match although Tarver didn't get to do much of anything. This weekend on the Bruce Mitchell audio show, Bruce talked about the need for some different body-types in wrestling. Specifically, bigger guys who can move. Duke Rotundo certainly fits this mold.
-Another one of those lame Eric Escobar videos aired. Angela walked out of the ladies restroom and said that she loved the smell of Escobar in the morning. Fletcher Chase interrupted and said he was shutting this down. Escobar asked what the problem was. Chase said the network wouldn't go for this and that he can't talk about sex. Escobar said he doesn't speak of the sex, Escobar is the sex. Escobar explains it's his new fragrance as Angela sprays some in the air. Chase said it smells glorious. Escobar corrected him and said it smells, you guessed it, Escobar. Please end this.
2 – VIC ADAMS vs. GABRIEL
The announcers mention the detective agency, so I guess Vic Adams and Duke Rotundo are still a team. Gabriel is the former D.J. Gabriel. The dancing gimmick is dead and Saxton said Gabriel is going back to basics. Gabriel works over Adams' left arm. Gabriel hoists up his opponent and drops Adams' arm across his knee. Gabriel with a dropkick to the injured arm. Gabriel hits a series of running forearms and then a European uppercut for a nearfall. Adams knocks Gabriel to the apron with a back elbow and then tosses him back inside the ropes. Gabriel catches Adams in the corner and hits the Vindicator for the win.
WINNER: Gabriel in 5:00. Better than expected.
-After the match, Angela interviewed Gabriel at ringside. Gabriel said he had fun as a D.J. and got a taste of the big time. As Gabriel, he has a second chance in FCW to work back into the spotlight. He said FCW wasn't just a stepping stone and his goals include capturing the FCW Title and the FCW Tag Titles. As Gabriel, anything is possible. Good interview.
-General Manager Abraham Washington and Assistant General Manager Fletcher Chase made their way to the ring. Washington said he was the host of the most highly rated late night talk show in sports entertainment. Even with his success, Washington said he won't be ignoring his duties as FCW General Manager. Washington announced that in two weeks, The Grand Royale will take place. No further explanation was given about this match. Washington brought out his top draft pick – Alex Riley accompanied by Beverly. Riley congratulated Washington on his talk show. Washington fawned over Beverly and said he'd get with her if he didn't have three mistresses already. Washington declared Riley was the number 1 contender for the Florida Heavyweight Championship. Washington brought out FCW Champion Tyler Reks with his legal representation Dawson Alexander. Washington didn't schedule the match yet, he just thought this would be a good photo-op. Chase was operating the camera and blinded Reks with the flash. Riley quickly tossed Alexander out of the ring and attacked Reks.
3 – VANCE ARCHER vs. JOE HENNIG
For some ungodly reason, Lance Hoyt is now known as Vance Archer. In a pre-taped promo, Hennig said he was back after 3 months and that he would eliminate friends and foes to get the Florida Heavyweight Championship back around his waist. Archer tosses Hennig in the corner to start. Hennig attempts a perfectplex early, but Archer battles out. Hennig hits a running dropkick for a nearfall. Hennig climbs to the top rope, but Archer nails him with a big boot. Archer chokeslams him back inside the ring.
Hennig attempts the perfectplex again, but Archer reverses it into a short arm shoulder tackle. Archer sinks in an armbar submission and uses the bottom rope for leverage. Dusty talked about the food at FCW Arena. Archer with a swinging neckbreaker for a nearfall. Archer locks in a side headlock. Hennig battles out and scores with a DDT. Hennig with a flying clothesline and then hits his father's rolling neck snap for a nearfall. Out of nowhere, Archer with a chokeslam for a nearfall. Archer climbs to the top rope and Hennig crotches him. With Archer dazed and sitting on the top turnbuckle, Hennig walks over and hits the perfectplex for the victory.
WINNER: Joe Hennig in 9:44 of what aired. Boring match with a nice finish.
-A commercial listed the rules for the Grand Royale match in two weeks. Are you ready for this? The match begins on the outside of the ring. When the bell rings, participants have 1 minute to enter the ring. Anyone who doesn't enter the ring within the minute will not qualify for the match. The participants who make it in the ring will then compete in a battle royal where you have to be thrown over the top rope with both feet touching the floor to be eliminated. The last person remaining will be declared the winner. This sounds horrible. Thankfully, nothing involving a pole will occur in this match.
4 – TRENT BERETTA & CAYLEN CROFT vs. JUSTIN ANGEL & KRIS LOGAN – FCW Tag Team Championship
The tag team of Angel and Logan has the potential to be awesome. Angel with a dropkick on Beretta. Logan & Angel hit double back elbows on Croft. Logan & Angel continue to tag in and out to hit double team maneuvers on Croft. Angel with a springboard crossbody for a nearfall. Angel connects with an STO. Angel attempts a springboard moonsault, but Croft gets his knees up and then tags out. Beretta with a knee to Angel's gut for a nearfall. Beretta & Croft with a double gut buster on Angel for another nearfall. Angel gets put in the tree of woe and both heels take turns stomping him. Angel is within seconds of making a tag, but Croft runs around the ringside area and yanks Logan off the apron. Angel finally makes the hot tag to Logan. Logan goes to town on Beretta and hits the Black Magic Moonsault (split legged moonsault) for a nearfall. Beretta surprises Logan with a roll up and puts his feet on the ropes for leverage. The ref notices his feet and refuses to count. Logan hits a reverse Olympic slam. Croft runs in to break up the pin. Angel tosses Croft to the floor and takes him out with a plancha. Back in the ring, Beretta catches Logan with a jump up tornado DDT for the win.
WINNERS: Trent Beretta & Caylen Croft in 6:24 to remain FCW Tag Team Champions. Hopefully this develops into a feud. Great action-packed main event.
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