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FCW Bull Bash VI Results
August 1, 2012
Tampa, Fla. at The Dallas Bull
Report by Josh Parry, PWTorch correspondent
The turn-out was huge outside The Bull an hour before doors opened to see The Undertaker. There were lots of old-school fans in Taker merch. VIP ticketholders were sent into the back room, where Undertaker hilariously set up in front of a stripper pole. The Deadman was a pleasure to meet. Very soft-spoken and kind in person, but he has one hell of a firm handshake.
The ring was positioned on the dance floor in the very center of the main hall. There were about eight rows of floor seats on either side of the ring and 15 rows on the side of the ring opposite the stage. I'd say 500-600 in attendance.
Bull Bash is FCW's yearly charity event for The Angelus, who volunteer their services to raise money for handicapped children. Handicapped children were seated on the left and right hand sides of the stage in two sections and the wrestlers entered between them.
Given the night club setting, the light rig had only eight LED spot lights shining onto the ring, making the show feel like one long Sin Cara match as the ring was draped in light purple. And, the bell rang to signal the start of the show.
After the National Anthem, Steve Keirn came to the ring to a loud ovation. He thanked The Undertaker, who was here to benefit a good cause despite Michelle McCool expecting a baby any day now. He said that Undertaker told him he wouldn't miss this event for anything. After a "Thank you, Taker" chant, Keirn lad the audience in a moment of silence and a tolling of ten bells to honor an avid member of the FCW Universe who passed away this time last year.
(1) Xavier Woods beat Byron Saxton with a reverse Russian legsweep. Mainly a comedy match. The opening minutes consisted of Woods chasing Saxton around the ring. Solid nonetheless.
(2) Big E. Langston squashed Garret Dylan. He won with a powerslam,
(3) Leakee beat Jake Carter with a Samoan drop. The crowd never got into it and the match never moved out of first gear.
(4) Judas Devlin & Corey Graves beat C.J. Parker & Briley Pierce. Devlin and Graves are a better fit, at least visually, than Carter and Graves ever were. This was my first time seeing Devlin in action. He knew how to rile up the crowd and his style is basically the same as Graves's.
(5) Richie Steamboat beat Leo Kruger with a roll-up. Before the match, Kruger cut his first promo since his gimmick change to the deranged hunter. He really milked the African accent to death, and now speaks as a much less refined and regal version of his previous character. He said that it's fitting that they're at the Dallas Bull tonight since he's wrangled many bulls in his lifetime. He said that tonight he would hunt, dominate, and dismember the baby reptile (reference to Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, I presume). The match was the first long-form match of the evening. Good nearfalls toward the end to end a dull first half.
(6) Audrey Marie beat Paige, Tenille, Natalie, Raquel Diaz, and Sofia Cortez in an over-the-top-rope battle royal. Quick and painless, with some good action. The crowd was red hot for the Divas.
(7) The Ascension beat The Bombers, Jason Jordan & Mike Dalton, and FCW tag champs Rick Victor & Brad Maddox in a non-title Fatal Four-way elimination tag team match. Chris Russo welcomed a a handicapped child to ringside to be the guest timekeepers. Wow, this match had some really good action and went very long. The Bombers, a debuting tag team, were eliminated immediately after Jason Jordan his a big power move to a member of the team. It came down to The Ascension and Victor & Maddox, who were isolating Cameron in their corner. The crowd went nuts when Conor made the hot tag. There was a confusing moment during this sequence, as the bell rang following a nearfall. It appeared as though the child at ringside got a bit caught up in the moment and thought Conor made the pin. Nonetheless, Conor cleaned house before he and Cameron hit their high/low for the victory. If only the main WWE roster had a tag division like developmental.
As Ascension celebrated, The Undertaker suddenly emerged on stage and the roof blew off the Dallas Bull. In an out-of-character moment, Taker saluted the crowd and posed on stage with the handicapped kids. "Undertaker" chants were deafening. That was a special moment and classy by The Deadman. The kids's faces were absolutely priceless during this.
(8) NXT champion Seth Rollins beat Johnny Curtis, Kassius Ohno, and Bo Dallas in a non-title fatal-four-way match. This was a great, edge-of-your-seat main event. It was a formula fatal four-way match, but they did very well with it. It appeared to truly be anyone's game at one point. After several nearfalls and false finishes, Rollins pinned Ohno after hitting the black-out. Post-match, Rollins posed with the kids on stage to close the show.
Overall Thoughts: Aside from Steamboat-Kruger, I was quite disappointed with the first half, but the second half was very, very good. Even the Divas match was an entertaining ordeal. It was definitely a special night for many, including myself, as it was a dream come to true to have an opportunity to meet The Undertaker. The children who benefited from the show appeared to have had a blast and hopefully the show generated a good deal of money for The Angelus's cause.
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