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 William Regal & WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross.
Brad Maddox & Leo Kruger vs. “The Blond Stallion” Mike Dalton & Jason Jordan
Jordan & Kruger will start things off for their respective teams. Lock-up and Jordan with a wristlock, followed by wringing out Kruger’s arm. Tag into Dalton, who nails Kruger with an elbow across the shoulder. Dalton with an arm wrench, then tags back in Jordan. Jordan goes up to the middle rope and leaps off, connecting with a double sledge across Kruger’s arm. Jordan with an arm wrench into a wristlock, then tags back in Dalton. Dalton leaps up top, then comes off with a double sledge across Kruger’s arm. Dalton with another arm wrench, but this time Kruger counters out and tries to take Dalton down, but Dalton holds on to Kruger’s arm and goes into a seated hammerlock. Kruger gets to his feet and backs Dalton into his own corner, then nails him with a pair of back elbows to break the hold. Then, while the referee is with Kruger, Maddox pulls at Dalton’s face from the apron.
Kruger with a stomp, then tags in Maddox. Maddox with an elbow to the back of Dalton’s head, followed by a Russian leg sweep for a 1 count. Maddox trash talks Dalton, who fights back with a pair of gut shots, but Maddox knocks him down with a forearm. Maddox then goes to the mount and rains in left hands on Dalton before being pulled off by the referee. Jordan tries to will his partner on as Maddox goes back and rains in some more left hands to Dalton. Tag into Kruger, who nails Dalton with a headbutt to the lower back. Kruger then scores with a snap suplex for a nearfall. Kruger chokes Dalton in the ropes, then while the referee moves away Kruger, Maddox gets a cheap shot in with a kick to the side of Dalton’s head. Kruger hits a leaping knee drop, then tags in Maddox, who nails Dalton with a stomp. Maddox locks in a reverse chinlock as Jordan continues to will on his partner. Dalton gets to his feet and tries to break out with a gut shot, but Maddox knocks him back down with a club to the back. Dalton then continues to fight back with a gut shot, followed by a pair of right hands. Dalton goes for a kick, but Maddox catches his foot. However, Dalton then scores with an enziguri, knocking down Maddox to a knee. Dalton tries to go for a tag, but Maddox has a hold of his foot to prevent him from doing so, but Dalton is able to leap across and make the tag to Jordan.
Maddox tries to go right after Jordan, but Jordan nails him with a right hand. Jordan with a clothesline to Maddox and a shot to Kruger, knocking him off the apron. Jordan with another clothesline to Maddox, followed by a standing gourdbuster. Jordan is all fired up as he goes off the ropes, connecting with a running Blockbuster. Jordan goes for a cover, but Kruger comes in and pulls Jordan off. Dalton then comes in and nails Kruger with a leaping forearm, sending Kruger to the outside.
However, Jordan is distracted by this, and this allows Maddox to charge in and drill Jordan with the Deal Breaker (Spinning Paydirt into a Jawbreaker) for the victory.
Winners: Brad Maddox & Leo Kruger by pinfall (Deal Breaker)
Triple Threat Non-Title Match: FCW Divas Champion Raquel Diaz vs. Audrey Marie & Paige w/Sofia Cortez
The three Divas feel each other out until Diaz scurries to the outside. Marie tries to go after her, but Paige comes in and nails Marie with a kick to the gut. Paige with a scream, but Marie comes back with a gut shot. Marie with a forearm, followed by an arm wrench into a hammerlock. Marie goes to a side headlock, but then Paige Irish whips her off. Marie goes for a Sunset flip, but Diaz comes back in to break it up. Diaz with a side headlock on Marie, but then Paige applies a side headlock to Diaz. Marie breaks out of Diaz’s side headlock with a gut shot, then Diaz does the same to Paige. Marie charges at both Paige & Diaz, looking for a double clothesline, but Diaz ducks and its only Paige who eats the clothesline. Diaz then takes Marie down with a hiptoss, followed by Paige nailing an elbowdrop on Marie. Diaz claps in approval as Paige does another scream. Paige & Diaz flip Marie back to her feet, followed by a double Irish whip, but Marie ducks underneath their double clothesline attempt and this causes Paige & Diaz to butt heads. Marie scores with a dropkick on Paige, then goes for a cover, but Diaz quickly breaks it up. Diaz with a kick to the gut of Marie, followed by a club to the back. Paige then hits a series of stomps to the back of Marie, then she and Diaz both unload with stomps to Marie. Paige & Diaz then both choke Marie in the ropes as Regal & Ross mention on commentary that Paige began training to be a wrestler at the age of 12. Paige & Diaz continue the double team on Marie as Diaz holds on to the arms of Marie while Paige goes off the ropes, hitting double knees to the back of Marie. Paige & Diaz go for the same thing again, but this time Marie moves out of the way and Paige nails Diaz, knocking her off the apron. Marie then with a rollup on Paige for a 1 count. Marie with a forearm, followed by a chop. Irish whip by Marie, reversed by Paige, who whips Marie hard into the corner. Paige with yet another scream as she goes back after Marie. Paige unloads on Marie with stomps in the corner as Diaz comes back in, asking Paige what was that when Paige accidentally hit her. Paige then shoves away Diaz as she goes back after Marie. Marie then blocks a stomp from Paige and spins her around into Diaz, who catches Paige’s foot. Marie then charges, but Paige ducks and this causes Marie to nail Diaz with a clothesline. Marie goes for a cover, but Paige breaks it up. Paige with a club to the back of Marie, then sends her shoulder first into the ringpost. Paige & Diaz then have a shoving match and then as Paige starts to go back after Marie, Diaz spins her around and nails her with a kick to the gut. Diaz lifts up Paige for the Gory Bomb, but Cortez gets up on the apron to distract the referee. Diaz then hits the Gory Bomb and goes for a cover, but Marie comes in to break it up. Diaz with a forearm to Marie, then goes for the Three Amigas.
Diaz hits 2 of the Three Amigas, but as she starts to spin over for the 3rd one, Paige comes in and covers Diaz for the victory.
Winner: Paige by pinfall
Paige & Cortez celebrate Paige’s win as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Regal & Ross talk about the main event 30 minute FCW 15 Title match. We then go to a video package of how we got to the match before our main event.
Main Event for the FCW 15 Title with a 30 Minute Time Limit: Richie Steamboat (c) vs. Antonio Cesaro
A shoving match ensues as the bell sounds until Steamboat locks in a side headlock. Cesaro quickly Irish whips him off, but Steamboat knocks him down with a shoulder tackle and goes right into a pin attempt, but he only gets a 1 count. Steamboat goes off the ropes and knocks Cesaro down with another shoulder tackle and again goes quickly for a pin attempt for another 1 count. Cesaro then maneuvers himself to the ropes so the referee can keep Steamboat away from him. Both men go for a knucklelock, but as Cesaro tries for a kick to the gut, Steamboat catches his foot and nails Cesaro with a forearm. Steamboat with an arm wrench, followed by wringing out Cesaro’s arm. Steamboat with another arm wrench and goes to a knucklelock. Steamboat then leaps up onto the ropes with the knucklelock still in place and takes Cesaro over with an armdrag. Steamboat charges at Cesaro in the corner and takes him down with a Monkey flip for a nearfall. Steamboat locks in an armbar, then drops his weight across Cesaro’s arm. Steamboat tries to go back to the arm, but Cesaro pulls at his face to block it. Cesaro maneuvers Steamboat to the corner, then nails him with a headbutt before breaking. Cesaro applies a front facelock, but Steamboat counters out and goes back to the armbar. Steamboat with another arm wrench into a hammerlock, then sends Cesaro arm first into the top turnbuckle while Cesaro was in a hammerlock position. Steamboat goes back after Cesaro, but Cesaro nails him with a gut shot. Cesaro with another gut shot, then goes for a chinlock, but Steamboat counters it and goes back to the arm with yet another arm wrench. Cesaro tries to pull at the face of Steamboat, but Steamboat takes him down with a back heel trip for a 1 count. Steamboat goes back to the armbar, but then Cesaro breaks it with a forearm. Cesaro with a forearm, followed by a chop in the corner. Cesaro goes for another chop, but Steamboat moves out of the way and nails Cesaro with a chop of his own. Steamboat with a club to the back, followed by another chop. Irish whip by Steamboat, and he catches Cesaro coming in with a deep armdrag back into the armbar. Cesaro gets back to his feet and tries to break the hold, but Steamboat then does another arm wrench. Steamboat applies a keylock, but then Cesaro takes Steamboat down by pulling at his hair. Cesaro goes to a keylock of his own, but then Steamboat gets to his feet, stomps Cesaro’s feet and does yet another arm wrench, followed by an arm whip and finally a leg drop across Cesaro’s arm for a 1 count. Steamboat goes back to the keylock, but when Cesaro tries to get to his feet to break, Steamboat takes him back down with an inside cradle for a 1 count. Cesaro then comes back with a forearm, followed by a forearm to the chest of Steamboat. Cesaro with a knee to the gut, but Steamboat comes back with a gut shot. Cesaro with another knee to the gut, but Steamboat with another gut shot. Cesaro then with a pair of knees to the gut to regain the advantage. Irish whip by Cesaro, but Steamboat goes up & over Cesaro and then takes him down with a hiptoss. Steamboat then with another deep armdrag and goes right back to the armbar. Cesaro tries to counter out, but Steamboat drives his arm into the mat. Steamboat gets a 1 count, then goes back to the keylock. Cesaro gets to his feet and breaks the hold with a headbutt. Steamboat then comes back with a kick to the gut, a forearm and a chop. Steamboat goes for another forearm, but Cesaro maneuvers himself to the ropes to force Steamboat away from him. Cesaro then comes back with a back elbow to the gut, followed by a headbutt. Irish whip by Cesaro, but as Steamboat goes to slide under his legs, Cesaro drops down to block it and hooks Steamboat in a waistlock.
Steamboat goes to bounce off the ropes, but Cesaro takes him down with an O’Connor Roll for a 1 count, but Steamboat quickly reverses into his own pin attempt with a bridge to earn his 1st fall.
Richie Steamboat goes up 1-0 on Antonio Cesaro at 5:48 by pinfall (Bridging Pin Attempt)
Cesaro can’t believe it, then charges in, but Steamboat catches him with a kick to the gut, followed by a forearm. Steamboat then sends Cesaro through the ropes and to the outside. Steamboat then hits Cesaro with a slingshot plancha on the outside. Steamboat plays to the crowd, then hits Cesaro with another forearm. Steamboat with a chop, then lifts Cesaro back into the ring. Back in the ring, Steamboat gains a nearfall, followed by an inside cradle for a 1 count. Cesaro then comes back with a headbutt to the gut, followed by another one to the head. Steamboat then comes back with a kick to the gut, followed by a club to the back. Cesaro then fires back with a knee to the gut, then goes for a suplex, but Steamboat lands on his feet. Steamboat goes for a roll-up, but Cesaro holds onto the top rope to block it. Steamboat breaks the hold, but then Cesaro nails him with a kick to the gut. Irish whip by Cesaro, reversed by Steamboat, who catches Cesaro coming in with another deep armdrag. Steamboat then with yet another deep armdrag back into the armbar. Cesaro gets to his feet and maneuvers himself to the ropes to force a break. However, before Steamboat has a chance to break, Cesaro nails him with a knee to the gut. Cesaro with a forearm that knocks Steamboat down, but Steamboat fights back with a gut shot. Steamboat with a pair of chops, a forearm and a club to the back. Cesaro then comes back with a series of shoulders to the ribs of Steamboat in the corner. Cesaro with a forearm, followed by an Irish whip, but as Cesaro tries to take Steamboat over with a hiptoss, Steamboat blocks it and then tries for a backslide. Cesaro tries to fight it, but Steamboat is able to take him down for a nearfall. Steamboat charges, but Cesaro sidesteps him and then nails Steamboat with a forearm to the kidneys of Steamboat. Cesaro then hits a back suplex for a nearfall. Cesaro with a stomp to Steamboat as we go to commercial with 20 minutes remaining in the 30 minute time limit.
Back from commercial with 18 minutes remaining in the time limit as Steamboat fights back with a series of chops & forearms on Cesaro. We see that during the commercial break, Cesaro earned his 1st fall to tie it up with a kick to the head while Steamboat was slumped on the ropes.
Antonio Cesaro ties it up 1-1 at 11:15 by pinfall (Kick to the Head)
Back to live action as Steamboat hits a suplex on Cesaro for a nearfall. Steamboat with a series of forearms and clubs to the back, but Cesaro comes back with a knee to the gut. Steamboat then ducks under a Cesaro clothesline and goes off the ropes, hitting Cesaro with a sit-out clothesline for a nearfall. Steamboat charges in at Cesaro in the corner, but Cesaro catches him and throws Steamboat over the ropes and to the outside, with Steamboat landing facefirst on the steel steps.
Steamboat is down and out as the referee begins his 10 count. Cesaro then goes out after Steamboat and then lifts him back into the ring. Cesaro gains a close nearfall, followed by gaining another one. Cesaro locks in a cravate style neck vise on Steamboat, then switches to a criss cross choke. The crowd wills on Steamboat as he gets to his feet, but Cesaro then nails him with a forearm. However, Steamboat fires back with a forearm of his own. Cesaro then fires back with a forearm, followed by a club to the back. Cesaro then nails Steamboat with a forearm to the back while Steamboat is in the ropes. Cesaro grabs Steamboat and hits a side salto for a nearfall. Cesaro then hooks Steamboat in a seated abdominal stretch with a facelock. Cesaro talks trash to Steamboat, who then fights out of the hold with a series of right hands. Steamboat then with a gut shot, followed by a back suplex. Steamboat charges at Cesaro in the corner, but Cesaro catches him coming in with a back elbow. Steamboat charges in again, but Cesaro catches him again with a back elbow that knocks Steamboat down. Cesaro then with a jackknife pin while using the ropes for leverage, but Steamboat still kicks out. Cesaro with a right hand, followed by a forearm, but Steamboat fights back with a gut shot. Steamboat with a single leg takedown, then rains in a series of right hands on Cesaro. Cesaro then comes back with a clothesline for a nearfall. Cesaro with an elbow to the side of Steamboat’s head, then locks in a reverse chinlock. Steamboat tries to get to his feet, but Cesaro pulls him back down by the hair. Cesaro goes back to the reverse chinlock as the crowd tries to will on Steamboat. Cesaro then switches to a neck vise, while pulling at Steamboat’s face. Cesaro with a crossface shot, then goes back to the reverse chinlock. Steamboat gets to his feet and when Cesaro misses a forearm attempt, Steamboat nails him with a back elbow. Steamboat charges in, but Cesaro sidesteps him and sends Steamboat into the corner. However, Steamboat then comes right back with a forearm. Steamboat goes off the ropes and nails Cesaro with another forearm. Steamboat fires up as he heads up top.
Steamboat leaps off, hitting a crossbody, but Cesaro rolls through it and takes the lead while hooking the tights for extra leverage.
Antonio Cesaro takes a 2-1 lead on Richie Steamboat at 19:59 by pinfall (Roll Through Crossbody and Using Tights for Leverage)
Steamboat charges in at Cesaro in the corner and nails him with a back elbow, then starts to go off the ropes, but Cesaro pulls him back and goes for a back suplex, but Steamboat lands on his feet. Steamboat ducks under a Cesaro clothesline attempt and goes off the ropes, then ducks under an elbow from Cesaro, but Cesaro then ducks under a Steamboat crossbody attempt and Steamboat goes crashing down to the mat and then rolls out to the outside. Cesaro collects himself inside the ring while Steamboat is hurt on the outside as we go to commercial with 10 minutes remaining in the time limit.
Back from commercial with 8 minutes remaining in the time limit as Cesaro has Steamboat in a criss cross choke. Steamboat gets to his feet and breaks out with a series of gut shots, followed by a series of forearms. Steamboat charges, but Cesaro sidesteps him and Steamboat goes sternum first into the corner. Cesaro measures Steamboat, then kicks him in the gut and goes for the Gotch Neutralizer, but Steamboat counters with a back body drop. Cesaro then catches Steamboat’s foot on a kick attempt and nails him with a European uppercut, knocking Steamboat down for a nearfall. Cesaro with a kick to the gut, then goes off the ropes and connects with another European uppercut for another nearfall. Cesaro then goes for a rolling European uppercut, but Steamboat counters it with a backslide for a nearfall. Cesaro then pops right up and drills Steamboat with yet another European uppercut.
Cesaro says “Its over” as he stands over Steamboat, but all of a sudden, Steamboat hooks him in an inside cradle to tie things up.
Richie Steamboat ties it up at 2-2 with 23:47 by pinfall (Inside Cradle)
Cesaro can’t believe it, then stomps Steamboat before the referee has to pull him back so Steamboat can get to his feet. Cesaro with a kick to the gut, followed by unloading with a series of gut shots and finally a forearm. Cesaro with another forearm, followed by another series of gut shots. Steamboat tries to fight back, but Cesaro nails him with a knee to the gut. Cesaro with another forearm, but Steamboat comes back with a kick to the gut, however Cesaro unloads again with gut shots. Cesaro then hits a suplex, but Steamboat moves out of the way on a Cesaro elbowdrop attempt. Cesaro tries again, but again Steamboat moves out of the way. Cesaro goes for a kick, but Steamboat catches his foot and takes him down. Steamboat with a pair of clubs to the back, followed by an Irish whip and he catches Cesaro coming in with a clothesline. Steamboat with a dropkick, then goes for another Irish whip, but Cesaro reverses it. Cesaro charges in, but Steamboat spins out of the way.
Steamboat, now on the apron, sends Cesaro headfirst off the top turnbuckle, then heads up top. Steamboat leaps and connects with the tomahawk chop for a nearfall. Steamboat with a kick to the gut, followed by an Irish whip. Steamboat with a clothesline in the corner, followed by a back elbow and finally goes off the ropes, hitting the Sling Blade for a close nearfall. Steamboat goes for a Hangman’s neckbreaker, but Cesaro counters with a knee to the gut. Cesaro goes for a big forearm, but Steamboat ducks and then catches Cesaro coming off the ropes with a dropkick for another nearfall. Steamboat with an elbowdrop, followed by an Irish whip, but Cesaro reverses it. Cesaro charges, but Steamboat gets his boots up. Steamboat heads up top and goes for a moonsault, but Cesaro rolls out of the way and Steamboat catches nothing but canvas.
Cesaro then hits the Gotch Neutralizer, but Steamboat barely kicks out with 2 minutes remaining and Cesaro can’t believe it. 90 seconds remaining as Cesaro tries to go for the Ricola Bomb, but Steamboat blocks it. Cesaro talks trash again to Steamboat and slaps him across the face. Steamboat then slaps him back and goes for the superkick, but Cesaro ducks and then drills Steamboat with a clothesline for another close nearfall. Cesaro gains yet another nearfall with 1 minute remaining as he is getting frustrated. Cesaro then hits a hat trick of side saltos for yet another close nearfall. Cesaro again can’t believe it, then tries once again for the Ricola Bomb with 20 seconds remaining, but Steamboat counters with a version of the Code Red for a nearfall with 15 seconds remaining.
Steamboat then pops up and drills Cesaro with the superkick to take a 3-2 lead with 4 seconds remaining.
Richie Steamboat takes a 3-2 lead on Antonio Cesaro at 29:56 by pinfall (Superkick)
The 30 Minute Time Limit has expired
Winner and still FCW 15 Champion by winning 3-2: Richie Steamboat
Steamboat celebrates his win as we go to credits.
Really just a 1 match show this week.
The opening 2 matches were decent for what they were, and the Divas match was actually very solid, mostly because of Paige.
However, the main event is what this show was about this week. I thought it was good as Cesaro & Steamboat did a real good job of telling a story and keeping the big moves for the last 5 minutes. It was a real old school approach that you rarely see nowadays and I thought it was very refreshing. Steamboat got over as the sympathetic babyface while Cesaro played the foreigner heel role very nicely. The match was well paced, the timing was superb, and everything they did really clicked. I’m on the fence if this is a MOTY nomination match, but I will say that if you want a 1980s style match in 2012, then watch this match.
My Grade: B-
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