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Here are the results from the House of Hardcore event in Poughkeepsie, NY at The Mid-Hudson Civic Center.
Matt Striker vs. Little Guido
The crowd was solidly behind Guido as Striker has been a heel here in the past.
They locked up. Guido grabbed a waistlock and brought Striker to the mat, controlling him. He used an armwringer on Striker, who stepped out of the ring to break the move, jumped back into the ring and grabbed Guido’s arm. Striker brought him to the mat and used a rolling pinfall combination for a two count.
Striker sent Guido into the ropes but was nailed with a shoulderblock and sent to the mat. There was a flurry of near falls and somehow, referee Sean Hanson ended up on top of Striker. Guido counted three and raised his arm. The incensed Striker attacked Guido from behind and worked him over. Guido was sent into the ropes but nailed a high cross bodyblock for a two count.
Striker snapped Guido down to the mat with Guido’s throat hitting the ropes. Striker kicked the ropes and Guido grabbed at his throat. Striker locked in a cross armbreaker. Guido fought to his feet and nailed a sitdown jawbreaker.
Guido unloaded with kicks and a side Russian Legsweep for a series of near falls. Striker sent him into the corner but was kicked out during a charge. Guido nailed the Sicilian Slice for a two count. They went into a series of near falls until Guido nailed the Unprettier and scored the pin.
Your winner, Little Guido!
A fine back and forth opener.
After the match, Striker offered his hand in a show of respect. Guido was wary of accepting it, as the crowd warned him not to do it. Guido finally did so and they hugged. Striker left the ring applauding Guido.
Ben “The Beast” Ortiz vs. Lance Anoa’i
Ortiz is a HOH student. Lance is a member of the famous Wild Samoan family.
Lance showed some fire with some good offense early, sending Ortiz to the floor in an attempt to slow his momentum. Lance tried to sneak in a dive to the outside but was drilled with a forearm as Ortiz was playing possum.
Ortiz returned to the ring for a two count and then choked Lance against the ropes. Lance tried to fight back but was cut off and nailed with a vertical suplex that saw Ortiz drop Lance across his knee as he came down. Ortiz covered him for a pair of near falls, but Lance kept kicking out.
Ortiz nailed a big clothesline for another near fall. The story was that Ortiz might have gotten the pin but he wasn’t hooking the leg. Ortiz sent Lance into the corner and nailed him with a nice running forearm, scoring another two count.
Lance made a comeback after Ortiz missed a splash in the corner. Lance nailed a Stinger splash in the corner. Ortiz went to the floor and Lance hit a crazy twisting dive to the floor. He brought Ortiz in and went for a flying bodypress. Ortiz caught him and nailed a Fall Away Slam for a two count. Good back and forth match.
Ortiz missed a back senton splash. Lance went to the top and hit a Superfly Splash for the pin.
Your winner, Lance Anoa’i!
Good match. Lance has really improved since the last time I’ve seen him. Ortiz reminds me of Bam Bam Bigelow as he’s a bigger guy who shows some real agility at times.
Tommy Dreamer, Devon and Abyss came to the ring. Dreamer thanked everyone for the support and said he is a wrestling fan too. He said this isn’t for the DVD but for everyone here. He said that he’s the original Paul Heyman guy and Paul always said never lie to the audience. He said he’s going to tell the truth.
Dreamer announced a nationally syndicated TV show will be shooting tonight. He said for legal reasons he can’t say what it is, but when it happens, you will know and react to it. He said they are taking little steps like what happened last time and the coverage Bully Ray brought them last time and this is another step.
Dreamer said that with the good news, there is bad news. He said someone is missing from this ring. Someone yelled, “F**** you Dixie.” Dreamer said he got a call last night at 11:30 PM that Bully was pulled to go to some Spike show per Dixie’s orders. Dreamer said that Dixie is a mark for Twitter so feel free to tweet her and let her know how you feel. The fans chanted, “F**** that b****.”
Dreamer said that Bully wanted to pass on that if you are going to any TNA shows coming up in PA or NY and bring your HOH ticket, Bully will meet up for a photo or autograph. He said that’s not for TNA, but for HOH fans.
Dreamer said that he promises that he’s going to get Dixie Carter back for this. He said that he is tired of people like her abusing people like him and fans like you and said, “b***h, I will get you for this.”
Dreamer said that now, they are going to get to business. Abyss attacked Dreamer and Devon. He asked Dreamer who the hell he thinks he is. He said Dixie is his boss and has employed him for 12 years. He started ripping on the fans and began kicking the hell out of Dreamer and Devon. He said how dare anyone talk about TNA. He chanted the letters and the fans chanted “sucks” back at him.
Rhino hit the ring and faced off with Abyss, then turned and clotheslined Dreamer. He and Abyss attacked Dreamer. Rhino took the mic and told Dreamer how dare he book Rhino to sign autographs and not wrestle. He told Abyss he has a partner tonight.
The new main event is Dreamer and Devon vs. Abyss and Rhino.
The crowd chanted, “HOH” at the pro-TNA villains.
After recovering, Dreamer announced that the last two matches, the audience has seen for free. He said that if anyone wants a refund, they can go to the box office right now for a full refund due to the change. He said that they will go old school tonight and promised everyone for supporting HOH.
Vik Dalishus & Bill Carr & Cerebus vs. Joe Caldo & Gangrel & Hurricane Helms
Cerebus is the former Wolfie D of PG-13 fame.
Dalishus and Caldo started off. They went back and forth. Caldo grabbed a side headlock and adjusted into a Side Russian Legsweep for a two count. Hurricane tagged in and locked up with Vik. He was sent into the ropes and nailed a shoulderblock but neither man budged. Vik dared him to try that again. Hurricane faked him out and nailed a series of rights and sent Vik into the buckles. Cerebus tried to attack him but was kicked into Vik several times, mimicking anal sex for pop from the crowd.
Gangrel tagged in as did Carr. Carr was dressed similar to Roadkill and worked over Gangrel. Cerebus tagged in and took down Gangrel with a clothesline for a two count. The villains took turns tagging in and out on Gangrel. He finally made the hot tag to Hurricane, who worked over Vik. Cerebus nailed a sitdown powerbomb on Hurricane for a two count.
All six soon battled in and out of the ring. Vik slammed Hurricane and went for a twisting senton splash but Hurricane moved and there was no water in the pool. Hurricane nailed the chokeslam for a two count.
Your winners, Hurricane & Gangrel & Joe Caldo!
Fun, eclectic tag match. Crowd really popped for Hurricane.
CW Anderson vs. Hale Collins
They went through a feeling out process early, going back and forth with some nice mat wrestling before facing off. Anderson went for a side headlock but was sent into the ropes and shoulder blocked down. They locked up and Anderson rode him to the mat. Collins reversed it into a front facelock. Anderson slipped out but was caught with a hiptoss and slid to the outside.
When Anderson returned to the ring, they exchanged chops. Collins went for a diving attack in the corner but Anderson moved and Collins nailed his arm on the metal between the buckle and the ringpost. Anderson immediately focused his attack on the arm. Collins nailed a sunset flip but Anderson grabbed his arm and went into a cross armbreaker out of that attempt.
Collins fought his way to the ropes and finally was able to reach, forcing Anderson to break the armbreaker. Anderson stomped and beat Collins in the corner. He continued to attack Collins’ arm. Collins mounted a comeback. CW caught him and whipped him into the buckles but Collins dropped down and nailed a droptoehold into the buckles.
Collins nailed several kicks and a Famouser for a two count. Anderson cut him off and locked on the Anderson Clutch. Collins made a comeback with a face-first sitdown suplex and then ascended to the top. He went for a flying elbow but CW rolled out of the way. He went for a superkick but was caught and nailed with an enziguiri.
Anderson went for the spinebuster but Collins caught him with a sunset flip and pinned him.
Your winner, Hale Collins!
Anderson immediately drilled Collins and snapped him with a spinebuster. He locked in the Anderson Clutch and refused to release it. Several of HOH’s students tried to run in but were killed and thrown out of the ring. Anderson continued beating down Collins and “Enter the Sandman” began. You all know what that means.
Anderson started looking around and challenged Sandman to come out and face him. Sandman walked in from the side door of the building and made his grand entrance in the crowd. Sandman hit the ring and cleaned house on Anderson.
It’s time for the aforementioned national TV show taping, for a series called “Impractical Jokers.” The gimmick of the show is that a comedian is dared to go into a situation and his fellow comedians feed him lines and actions to do. So, here we go.
A guy dressed like Peter Pan came out to some very silly kid’s music. He said that his name was Cutie Pie and he likes to cuddle. He talked about beating his opponents with diabetes and asked the crowd to yell out their favorite scene from the Notebook. He said that he was the cutest man in the game and ain’t no boy as fancy as him. He asked who else was waiting for marriage to make love. He said he hates being in the ring and would rather be in a promise ring with his girlfriend. He said he’s going to copy and paste his opponent into a word document and delete it.
Out came Tommy Dreamer. He said that he gets what he was doing but warned him to never disrespect the wrestling fans because they are all a family. He said they are dysfunctional family but one nonetheless. He said that when you say you hate being in this ring, he has 2,000 people here who would kick your ass. The crowd popped. Dreamer said that the history of this building has been driven by wrestling fans and they are the sickest, most hardcore fans and he loves them off.
Dreamer said that he is at the House of Hardcore and he runs a school for people who were fans who want to pursue their dreams. He said that this is his house and if you want to disrespect his house, there are initiations to be in his house. He said if you want to be in his house and on TV, well, “Welcome to my house.”
Cutie Pie was told that he can leave through the people and die or you can leave up the ramp. Cutie Pie said that if Dreamer wants him to leave, make him. Dreamer grabbed him and chopped him in the corner. He then brought him to the other side of the ring and did it again, the brought him to a third corner and wailed away on him. Dreamer grabbed him and suplexed him, then locked in a crossface.
Dreamer took the mic and said, “I made something famous – thank you sir may I have another?” Dreamer asked him if he respects what they do. Cutie Pie said yes. Dreamer said it’s really not fair to kick his ass, so he called all his friends from the back (all the HOH students) to come down to the ring. Dreamer instructed them to “surround this young man.”
Dreamer said that Cutie Pie has a choice. He can stay and let all of these students “tear you up” in a Battle Royal. The crowd popped for that. Dreamer said he has eight people who have been training here every week to have their first match tonight. Dreamer said that he can take his ass kicking like a man or he can admit he’s a girl and he can walk out with his tail between his legs. He asked him if he’s a man or a little girl. Dreamer asked Poughkeepsie if they want him in or out of the ring. They yelled “in.” Cutie Pie admitted he’s just a little girl. He ran away.
They had all the students introduce themselves on the mic.
They had a battle royal which was won by Jesse Seaville. I may have the spelling wrong. If so, I will correct later.
Bad Influence vs. Eddie Kingston & Homicide
Lots of anti-TNA catcalls.
Daniels and Homicide started out and went back and forth. Daniels caught Homicide with an armdrag. Homicide tried to escape but was caught again. Daniels nailed a series of rights and tagged in Kazarian who caught Homicide with a rolling neckbreaker.
Homicide caught him with a small package for a two count. He tagged in Kingston. Kazarian and Daniels cut him off and took their turns tagging in and out while inflicting damage. Kingston broke free and nailed Daniels. He and Homicide worked over him. Kazarian tried to hit the ring to make the save but was held back by the referee.
Daniels was tossed to the floor. Homicide came off the apron and nailed a double axehandle off the apron. Daniels was tossed back in the ring and was choked by Kingston. Homicide and Kingston continued to work him over. Kingston locked in a side chinlock.
Daniels finally fought his way out and caught Kingston with a STO. Homicide tagged in but missed an attack. Kazarian tagged in, slammed him and nailed a springboard into a legdrop. Homicide was caught with a F5 into a stunner. Kingston tried to interfere but was nailed.
Kazarian avoided a headscissor attempt by Homicide and slammed him down. He made a cover but Kingston broke it up. Homicide nailed a monkey flip. Kingston went for a lariat but Kazarian caught him with one first.
Homicide and Kingston overpowered Kazarian and Homicide nailed him with a cutter. Homicide covered him but Kazarian was able to get his shoulder up at the last minute. Daniels made a blind tag in and nailed a STO on Homicide but Kingston broke it up.
Homicide went for the Gringo Killer but Kazarian slipped out. Daniels nailed Homicide but was caught by Kingston with a Uranage. Kazarian and Daniels nailed a combination flying clothesline and legsweep on Kingston. Daniels and Homicide battled back and forth. Homicide nailed a chop to the throat to cut him off on the corner. He went for a cutter off the ropes but Kazarian caught him with the Kryptonite Krunch. Daniels nailed the Best Moonsault Ever and scored the pin.
Your winners, Bad Influence!
Adam Pearce vs. Kevin Steen
Pearce attacked Steen before the bell and savage him in the corner. Steen fired back with a series of rights and a clothesline. Steen fired away with chops in the corner. Pearce reversed an Irish whip in the corner but Steen nailed an elbow as he charged in and came off the ropes with a nice dropkick.
Pearce cut him off with a right hand and nailed a belly to back suplex. Pearce aggravated the crowd and worked over Steen. He nailed a big right hand in the corner. They battled to the outside, where Pearce choked Steen against the guard rail, then whipped him into the rail.
Pearce brought Steen back in the ring but was cut off with a series of knees and a DDT. Steen took him to the floor and sent Pearce into the guard rail several times. Steen brought him back into the ring and nailed a cannonball in the corner for a two count.
Pearce nailed a low blow (right in front of the ref!) and nailed a piledriver for a two count. The crowd chanted for Steen. Pearce went to the floor and grabbed a chair. Steen ducked a shot and blocked another. He nailed Pearce and went to the top for a swanton. Pearce pulled his knees up and it looks painful. Steen was covered but kicked up at the last second.
Steen made a comeback and nailed the swanton off the top, scoring the pin.
Your winner, Kevin Steen!
Tony Nese vs. Alex Reynolds vs. Petey Williams
This is billed as the last time HOH will present this match.
They started out hot with some bigtime back and forth spots. Nese hit an insane backwards flip dive to the floor. Nese worked over Williams but was caught in a single legged crab and locked in a crossface. Nese makes it to the ropes.
Reynolds hits the scene and drilled Nese with a kick, then nailed a sliding kick onto Williams. He whipped Nese into the corner hard and then nailed a suplex for a two count.
They went back and forth with a ton of great action, far too much for me to do a full play by play. Nese nailed a powerbomb on Williams but missed a 450 splash off the top. Williams went for the Canadian Destroyer but Nese held on and dropped him down for a two count.
Reynolds, who had been wiped out on a dive, hit the ring with a mafia kick on Nese and nailed a belly to back suplex for a two count. They all went into a series of two counts out of rollups and reversals. Williams went for a Destroyer on Reynolds but Nese nailed a sunset flip. They went into an absolutely awesome series of superkick spots that featured some great blocks and exchanges. The crowd chanted, “This is awesome.”
Williams went for a backslide but Reynolds nailed a kick. Williams nailed it but Reynolds tossed him out of the ring and covered Nese for a two count. Williams was locked in the Texas Cloverleaf but draped an arm over Nese for a two count. Williams realized what was going on and pulled him away. Reynolds finally fought his way to the ropes to break the move.
They continued to go back and forth with some really nice spots and near falls. Williams and Reynolds battled on the top. Reynolds nailed Williams down to the mat but before he could do anything, Nese nailed him and came off the top with a 450 splash. Reynolds tossed Nese from the ring and covered Williams for a two count.
They battled again to the top. Williams attemped a Canadian Destroyer off the top but Reynolds blocked it. Nese yanked Reynolds down and went after Williams. Reynolds grabbed him and hit a German suplex off the ropes. He drilled Nese with a Mafia kick but Williams scored with the Canadian Destroyer and got the three count.
Your winner, Petey Williams!
AJ Styles vs. Chris Hero
The crowd chanted, “F*** TNA” and “F*** you Dixie” at Styles.
They locked up and went back and forth with some good mat and counter wrestling. Hero nailed a big shoulderblock and told Styles to stay down. He rebounded off the ropes and Styles jumped up but was caught with a high knee. Styles made a comeback and nailed a big dropkick.
Styles worked over Hero in the corner with chops and then began focusing on Hero’s leg, trying to weaken him for the calf killer. Styles drilled Hero with a series of shoulders in the corner. He and Hero chopped back and forth. Hero got the better of the exchange and lit up Styles with a kick. He whipped Styles into the corner but was caught with a kick as he charged in. Styles nailed a rana and sent Hero to the floor. Styles missed a pescado to the outside and was nailed a dropkick through the ropes.
Hero worked over Styles on the floor and sent him into the railing. Styles was brought back into the ring and drilled with an elbow. Styles nailed a knee in the corner. Styles fired up with a series of forearms and shots but was taken down. Hero controlled Styles and scored a series of two counts.
Hero walked the length of the rampway to the ring and charged, trying to hit a slingshot senton into the ring. Styles pulled his knees up. They battled back and forth with stiff kicks and shots. Styles nailed a spinkick that took them both out. The referee began counting them down. Styles regained his footing first and nailed a stiff lariat. He nailed a slingshot forearm and then a DVDR onto Styles’ knee.
Styles went for the Styles Clash but Hero drilled him into the corner. Styles used the ropes to springboard out of an armwringer but Hero cut him off and nailed an Ace Crusher. Styles used a backslide for a two count. They peppered each other with strikes. Hero nailed a suplex and drilled him down for a two count.
Hero set up for the roaring elbow but Styles nailed the Pele Kick. Hero nailed the roaring elbow and then drilled another for a two count. Hero went for an electric chair but Styles used a forward roll for a two count. They went into a series of near falls that was excellent.
Styles charged for a dive but Hero kicked him in the face. Styles fired back with a leaping forearm. Styles nailed the Styles Clash and scored the pin.
Your winner, AJ Styles!
Excellent back and forth match.
Tommy Dreamer & Devon vs. Abyss & Rhino
All four brawled. Dreamer nailed a flying cross body on Abyss. Devon and Rhino brawled on the floor. Dreamer kicked Abyss out of the ring and teased a dive. He instead nailed a sliding kick to the outside and drilled Abyss with a series of rights. He grabbed a drink from a fan at ringside and blasted Abyss with it.
Back in the ring, Devon nailed a Thesz Press on Rhino and worked him over. Dreamer and Devon teased the old Wazzzup headbutt but Abyss shoved Devon off the ropes and then blasted Dreamer. Rhino took Dreamer outside and nailed him with an atomic drop on the railing.
Rhino and Abyss double teamed Devon and beat him down in the ring. They captured him in the corner and took turns beating on him. Rhino shoulderblocked him in the corner and Abyss nailed the Avalanche.
The crowd chanted “F*** TNA”. Devon made a comeback and nailed a double clothesline. Dreamer began tossing weapons into the ring. He set a chair up on the ramp leading to the ring and slammed Abyss into it. They clobbered Abyss and Rhino. The fans chanted for tables so they did the old “Devon get the tables.” The fans chanted, “ECW” and then “HOH.”
They brought a chair into the ring but Rhino nailed them and set the table up in the corner. Rhino gored Devon through it but was grabbed by Dreamer for a DDT. Abyss caught Dreamer in the Black Hole Slam. Abyss went to the outside and retrieved a sack of thumbtacks. He poured them out in the ring. He grabbed Dreamer for a chokeslam. Dreamer fired back with a series of right hands. He grabbed Abyss for a Spicoli Driver but Abyss broke free and nailed a chokeslam onto the tacks.
Rhino grabbed a barbed wire board and Abyss prepared to powerbomb Devon on it. Spike Dudley hit the ring and kicked Abyss low. Rhino went to gore him but Spike moved and Abyss was gored. Spike nailed the Acid Drop onto the barbed wire board on Rhino and Devon scored the pin.
Your winners, Tommy Dreamer and Devon!
A fun throwback brawl to the ECW days.