Hello everyone and welcome to the latest trek to the Land of the Sunshine State with this week’s FCW recap. If you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
Announcers this week are Chris Russo, William Regal & WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross.
6-Man Tag: C.J. Parker, Jason Jordan & Xavier Woods vs. Brad Maddox & FCW Tag Team Champions Corey Graves & Jake Carter w/Abraham Washington
Maddox & Woods will start things off for their respective teams. Lock-up and Woods with a side headlock. Woods goes to a wristlock and then tags in Jordan. Jordan with a double sledge across the wrist of Maddox and then goes to a wristlock of his own. Tag into Parker, who comes off the top with a double sledge across Maddox’s wrist. Parker with a hammerlock, but Maddox maneuvers himself to his side of the ring and Graves tags himself in. Graves with a series of stomps and right hands in the corner and then tags in Carter. Graves holds open the arms of Parker to allow Carter to nail Parker with a gut shot. Carter with a right hand, followed by an Irish whip, but Parker ducks under a clothesline attempt from Carter and nails Carter with a left arm lariat for a nearfall. Parker with an arm wrench and then tags in Jordan. Parker with a kick to the gut and then he & Jordan connect with a double suplex for a nearfall. Jordan with an arm wrench into a wristlock, but Carter fights back with a gut shot, followed by a headbutt. Carter applies a side headlock and then tags in Graves, who nails Jordan with a gut shot. Graves with a front chancery and then tags in Maddox. Maddox with a gut shot, but then as he tries to send Jordan headfirst off the turnbuckles, Jordan reverses and sends Maddox into the turnbuckles. Graves tags in as Jordan takes Maddox down with a hiptoss, but then Jordan catches Graves coming in with a big back body drop. Jordan with right hands to both Maddox and Graves and then sends Maddox into Carter on the apron. Jordan then ducks under Graves’s clothesline attempt and hooks him in an O’Connor Roll for a nearfall. Maddox tries to come in with a clothesline, but Jordan ducks, but that allows Graves to push Jordan off and send him flying through the ropes to the outside.
Graves brings Jordan back into the ring and tags in Carter. Graves and Carter then hit an inverted atomic drop/shoulder tackle combo on Jordan for a nearfall. Carter with a series of knees to the ribs of Jordan and then tags in Maddox. Maddox connects with a left hand that knocks Jordan down for a 1 count. Maddox then locks in a chinlock as Jordan’s tag partners try to will him on. Jordan gets to his feet, but Maddox then sends him headfirst off the turnbuckles. Maddox goes for another left hand, but Jordan blocks it and then proceeds to fight his way out of the corner, with shots to everyone. Maddox charges, but Jordan moves out of the way. Maddox charges again, but Jordan moves again and that Maddox flying over the ropes and to the outside. Graves comes in to prevent Jordan from making a tag, but Jordan sidesteps him and Graves goes over the ropes and to the outside. Carter now comes in, but Jordan catches him with a back elbow, but Parker is knocked down off the apron in the process. Jordan tries to make the tag to Woods, but Maddox comes back in and stops him from doing so. Headfirst goes Jordan off the turnbuckles and then Carter gets the tag in. Carter & Maddox go for a double team, but Jordan blocks it and tries to make the tag again, but once again Maddox stops him from doing so. Jordan kicks Maddox off, but then Carter stops him. Jordan shoos Carter away with a right hand, but Carter pulls him back in. However, Jordan ducks under a clothesline and finally makes the tag in to Woods.
Woods with a spinning headscissors to Carter and a right hand to Maddox. Woods misses a roundhouse kick on Carter, but stays with it and sweeps out Carter’s leg instead. Irish whip by Woods, reversed by Carter, but Woods catches Carter with a boot coming in. Woods then hits the Honor Roll (Kip-Up into a Clothesline) on Carter. Graves comes in, but Woods takes out his legs with a dropkick. Parker comes in now and springs off of Graves’ back and takes out Carter with a crossbody. Woods then sends Graves through the ropes and to the outside. Jordan then dives off the apron and takes out Graves with a crossbody of his own.
Woods then goes off the ropes and hits Carter with Lost in the Woods (Running Basement Flatliner) for the victory.
Winners: C.J. Parker, Jason Jordan & Xavier Woods by pinfall (Lost in the Woods)
“The Blond Stallion” Mike Dalton vs. Sakamoto
Dalton with a waistlock into a hammerlock, but Sakamoto counters into one of his own. Sakamoto then with a side headlock, but Dalton takes his leg down and goes back to the hammerlock. Dalton with a knee to the arm and then goes to a side headlock of his own. Sakamoto then counters into his own side headlock, but Dalton fights out with gut shots, followed by an Irish whip. However, Sakamoto then knocks Dalton down with a shoulder tackle. Sakamoto goes off the ropes, but Dalton leapfrogs him and then catches him with a leaping back elbow for a 1 count. Irish whip by Dalton, reversed by Sakamoto, but Dalton sends Sakamoto over the ropes. However, Sakamoto lands on his feet on the apron and then hotshots Dalton throat first across the top rope.
Sakamoto then unloads with head and body shots on Dalton in the corner before being pulled back by the referee. Sakamoto with a hard chop, followed by a club to the back. Snapmare takeover by Sakamoto into a reverse chinlock. Dalton gets to his feet and then breaks the hold with elbows to the gut. Sakamoto misses a clothesline, but then catches Dalton coming in with a flying forearm. Sakamoto with a right hand to the top of Dalton’s head, followed by a headbutt to the ribs for a nearfall. Sakamoto then applies a nerve hold on Dalton. Dalton then gets to his feet and breaks the hold with gut shots. Irish whip by Dalton, reversed by Sakamoto, who catches Dalton with an inverted atomic drop, followed by a swinging neckbreaker for another nearfall. Sakamoto begins to disrespectfully kick at Dalton while talking trash in Japanese. Dalton then fights back with a pair of forearms, but Sakamoto fires back with a knee to the head. Sakamoto with a slam and then goes up to the middle ropes. Sakamoto goes for a diving headbutt, but Dalton gets the boots up. Dalton with a pair of gut shots, followed by a forearm, but Sakamoto comes right back with a knee to the gut. Sakamoto goes off the ropes, but Dalton ducks under a clothesline and goes off the ropes, hitting Sakamoto with a leaping clothesline.
Dalton with a flying forearm and then ducks under a right hand, followed by nailing Sakamoto with a spinning heel kick. Dalton is all fired up as he charges and connects with a leaping back elbow in the corner. Dalton goes for the Implant DDT, but Sakamoto blocks it. Sakamoto with a knee to the gut, followed by a throat thrust that knocks Dalton down. Sakamoto goes for almost a Tongan Death Grip, but Dalton blocks it. Sakamoto goes for it again, but Dalton counters and then drills Sakamoto right between the eyes with a spin kick.
Dalton then hits the Implant DDT for the victory.
Winner: “The Blond Stallion” Mike Dalton by pinfall (Implant DDT)
Back from commercial, we see a video of new FCW talent Adam Mercer, who says that the WWE is all about entertainment, but he is getting ready to change that.
FCW Divas Title: Raquel Diaz (c) vs. Audrey Marie
Lock-up and a fast break as both women are screaming at one another. They both go for a lock-up again, but their heads collide and Marie goes down. Diaz goes after her, but Marie rolls her up in an inside cradle for a 1 count. Marie with a side headlock into a takedown. Diaz spins Marie over into a pinning predicament for a 1 count, but then Marie maneuvers back to the side headlock. Diaz tries to go for a headscissors, but Marie blocks it. Diaz finally locks in the headscissors, but Marie kicks out of it. Marie then takes Diaz back down with the side headlock takeover. Diaz spins around into another pinning predicament for a 1 count, but Marie spins back to the side headlock. Diaz gets to her feet and tries to counter out with a back suplex, but Marie spins around into a crossbody to counter for a 1 count. Marie with a forearm, followed by an Irish whip, but Diaz reverses it. Marie tries to get her boots up, but Diaz catches them, spins Marie around into the ropes and then drives the back of her head down into the mat for a nearfall.
Diaz goes to a mount position and begins to rake at Marie’s face before being pulled away by the referee. Diaz then hits a baseball slide that sends Marie crashing to the outside. Diaz tries to go after Marie, but the referee prevents her from doing so. Diaz then goes out the other way to the outside and goes after Marie, but Marie nails her hard with a slap to the face. Diaz then shoves Marie into the apron, but Marie then shoves back and sends Diaz into the steel steps backfirst. Back in the ring, Marie is clutching her back as Diaz is holding her face. Diaz gains a nearfall and then tries to go for a Camel Clutch, but Marie blocks it. Diaz then rubs Marie’s face into the mat and then locks in the Camel Clutch. Diaz also uses her forearm to rake at Marie’s face while the hold is applied. Diaz then breaks the hold to taunt Marie by doing her father, WWE Hall of Famer, Eddie Guerrero’s famous shimmee before going back to the Camel Clutch. Marie is able to get to her feet and then breaks the hold by driving Diaz backfirst into the corner. Diaz charges, but Marie catches her with a boot to the face for a 1 count. Marie gets another 1 count and then yells in frustration and proceeds to rake at Diaz’s face. Marie goes for a slam, but Diaz counters into an inside cradle for a nearfall. Marie then with a kick to the gut, followed by a slam for a nearfall. Diaz fires back with a series of clubs to the back and forearms. Diaz goes off the ropes and connects with a shoulder tackle for a nearfall. Diaz taunts Marie and then lifts her up, setting up for the Gory Bomb, but Marie counters with a backdrop.
Marie goes to drop down for a pin attempt, but Diaz grabs on to her tights and pulls her down into a Jackknife pin while still grabbing onto the tights for the victory.
Winner and still FCW Divas Champion: Raquel Diaz by pinfall (Jackknife pin)
Diaz celebrates her win while Marie is distraught by what happened as we go to commercial.
Jiro vs. Big E. Langston
Lock-up and Jiro with a side headlock, but Langston throws him off with ease. Jiro charges, but Langston catches him with a waistlock into an amateur style takedown, followed by right hands to the back of Jiro’s head. Langston then with a series of knees to the ribs of Jiro. Langston talks trash to Jiro, who then fights back with a pair of chops, but they have no effect on Langston. Jiro tries for another one, but Langston catches it and Irish whips Jiro to the corner. Langston then charges and connects with an avalanche.
Langston then lifts up Jiro and hits the Big Ending for the victory.
Winner: Big E. Langston by pinfall (The Big Ending)
Back from commercial, we see the same video from last week from the former Husky Harris, now known as Levi Wyatt before we go to the next match.
Benicio Salazar vs. Kassius Ohno
Lock-up and Salazar with an arm whip that catches Ohno off guard. Ohno then with a single leg takedown, followed by unloading on Salazar with a series of stomps. Ohno with a jawbreaker, followed by a boot to the side of Salazar’s head in the corner. Ohno with a chop, followed by a snapmare takeover and then proceeds to try and take the mask off of Salazar. Ohno with a side headlock, followed by a shot to the ear of Salazar.
Ohno with another snapmare takeover into a cravate. Salazar gets to his feet and fights back with gut shots, followed by a right hand. Salazar blocks a forearm from Ohno and then kicks him in the gut, followed by an Irish whip. However, Ohno reverses it, but Salazar then catches Ohno with a rana. Salazar then charges at Ohno in the corner and connects with a monkey flip. Salazar then hooks Ohno in a La Magistral for a nearfall. Salazar hits a dropkick on Ohno and then sets to charge. Salazar tries for another monkey flip, but Ohno shoves him off and sends Salazar crashing down to the mat.
Ohno then sends Salazar into the ropes and absolutely creams him coming in with the KO (Rolling Elbow) for the victory.
Winner: Kassius Ohno by pinfall (KO)
Main Event in the 1st ever Tapout Match: James Bronson vs. Dean Ambrose
Ambrose charges at Bronson as the bell sounds and begins to wail away with right hands. Bronson covers up as the referee pulls Ambrose back, but then Bronson takes Ambrose down with a version of a Sambo suplex. Bronson goes to a mount and unloads with his own right and left hands as Ambrose tries to cover up. Bronson goes for an armbar of sorts as Ambrose rakes at his face. Ambrose then takes down Bronson with a single leg, but Bronson then scissors Ambrose’s arm. Bronson tries to go back to the armbar, but Ambrose fights out. Bronson with a kick to the ribs, followed by a series of forearms in the corner. Bronson with another kick to Ambrose and then talks trash to him. Bronson goes for another kick, but Ambrose catches it and nails Bronson with a forearm. Bronson with another kick to the gut and goes for an exploder suplex, but Ambrose counters it and locks in a Fujiwara armbar. Bronson then spins out and switches to the Death Wish armbar. Ambrose tries to fight out, but Bronson keeps the hold applied. Ambrose then is able to get out and kicks Bronson in the face. Ambrose then goes to a mount and rains in right hands on Bronson. Ambrose then with a series of knees to the head, then drops the kneepad ala William Regal and goes for the Knee Trembler, but Bronson counters into an Exploder suplex. Bronson drops the straps and goes for a spinning backfist, but Ambrose moves out of the way and this time drills Bronson with the Knee Trembler.
Ambrose looks over at Regal at the announce table and then locks in the Regal Stretch. William Regal then leaves the announce table and goes to the back as Bronson has no choice but to tapout.
Winner of the 1st ever Tapout Match: Dean Ambrose (Regal Stretch)
Ambrose is offended that Regal didn’t see him win with Regal’s own submission hold and goes to the back after him. We then go backstage as Ambrose can’t find Regal and is obviously upset.
Ambrose says “You broke my heart, Regal, you broke my heart tonight, Regal”. “You twisted it up and tore to shreds whatever was left of it tonight, Regal, you really did”. “We jumped in this fire together, but you LEFT ME OUT IN THE COLD”. “I guess I really am all alone in this world, you broke my heart tonight, Regal.” “And I thought you were just like me, but you’re not, turns out you’re just like EVERYBODY ELSE”. “The vultures that circle over my head, ready to take from me, take what’s mine, you’re trying to take away MY re-match, MY chance at redemption, a match that I deserve, A MATCH THAT I EARNED”. “YOU DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE IT AWAY”. “And that’s what you do, you take, you all take, the drugs took my mom, the cops took my dad, the social workers came and took away my little cousin”. “Beautiful little girl, smart as a whip, the only positive light I ever had in my life”. ‘I COULD HAVE PROTECTED HER”. “SHE WOULDN’T HAVE HAD TO GO THROUGH WHAT I DID, BUT THEY TOOK HER AWAY, they said I wasn’t good enough to take care of her and she’s gone, they took her away, just like you’re taking my re-match away”. “I don’t have anything left, this is all I have left, THIS IS ALL I HAVE”. “So a loss to you hanging over my head is a dull blade twisting and turning in my stomach EVERYDAY”. “And I don’t think I can live another second on this earth until I get it back, back what’s mine, what you took from me”. “And I will get it back with interest”. “Nobody takes from me anymore, THOSE DAYS ARE OVER”. “William Regal broke my heart tonight, so I am gonna rip his heart RIGHT OUT OF HIS CHEST AND THROW IT UP AGAINST THE WALL!”
Ambrose leaves in anger as we go to credits.
Solid show this week.
Opening 6-man was decent, although I felt it dragged a little too long with the heels control section on Jordan. Woods was very good off the hot tag and showed a lot of babyface fire. Solid opener with good effort shown by all.
Dalton & Sakamoto was pretty good. Dalton is improving in the ring, both in his FIP & comeback game. Sakamoto played the old school foreigner heel nicely and bumped good for Dalton on Dalton’s comeback. Good match with a lot of effort shown by both guys.
The Divas match was not very good. Whoever thought these two should get 6 minutes needs to be chewed out. You give a green talent a lot of time when they are in there with a veteran who can teach them, not someone as green as them. They did bring the hate and amped up the intensity, which was good, but the rest was just not. They both tried very hard, but they still have a lot to learn and it showed.
The Langston/Jiro & Ohno/Salazar matches were just short showcases for Langston & Ohno to give them dominant wins. Nothing more to it than that.
The main event was OK, but it didn’t seem to click and was very short. However, the post-match promo from Ambrose that closed the show was downright AWESOME. Ambrose is hitting on all cylinders with his mic work and character development as this unhinged madman and he is right at the brim of a call-up and to me, the fact that he is working with top veterans like Regal and maybe eventually Mick Foley, tells me the WWE sees a lot in him for the future, which is nothing but good for him. Match was OK, but the closing promo was damn good and its something I would easily recommend viewing.
Overall, solid show with some good performances but not a lot in the way of angles, except for the stuff with Ambrose & Regal at the end.
My Grade: C+
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