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 & Byron Saxton.
Benicio Salazar vs. Rick Victor w/Paige & Sofia Cortez
Lock-up and Victor with a waistlock, followed by tripping up Salazar and taking him down. Another lock-up and Victor with a waistlock takedown into a front chancery. Salazar counters with a hammerlock, but Victor counters out into a wristlock. Salazar counters out into one of his own, but then Victor counters that and goes back to his own wristlock. Salazar tries to spin out, but Victor takes him down to the mat. Salazar then kips up and counters back into his own wristlock. However, Victor counters that and goes right back to his own wristlock. Salazar then counters into a keylock, but Victor sends him into the corner to force a break. Victor breaks, but then nails Salazar with a knee to the gut. Victor locks in a side headlock, but Salazar fights out with a pair of gut shots. Irish whip by Salazar, but Victor knocks him down with a shoulder tackle. Victor goes off the ropes and then catches Salazar dropping down and then proceeds to stomp away at him. Victor with a series of uppercuts and chops to Salazar in the corner, followed by a snap suplex for a 1 count. Victor then locks in a reverse chinlock. Salazar gets to his feet and tries to fight back with a gut shot, but Victor comes back with a series of forearms. Salazar then comes back with a series of right hands. Victor then misses a right hand and Salazar goes off the ropes, but Victor counters his rana attempt with a powerbomb.
Victor then goes off the ropes and hits the Running Canadian Lifter for the victory.
Winner: Rick Victor by pinfall (Running Canadian Lifter)
Victor, Paige & Cortez celebrate Victor’s win as we go to the backstage area, where apparently something is taking place.
We go backstage where we see James Bronson choking out Dean Ambrose, yelling at Ambrose that he wants to hear Ambrose say he gives up. Multiple wrestlers then come in and pull Bronson off of Ambrose as Bronson says there is plenty more where that came from. The wrestlers call for a doctor to check on Ambrose as we go to commercial.
Bo Rotundo vs. Big E. Langston
Rotundo goes for a waistlock, but Langston lifts him up and throws Rotundo down. Lock-up and Rotundo with a side headlock. Rotundo goes for a side headlock takedown, but Langston blocks it. Langston then counters out with a gut shot. Irish whip by Langston and he catches Rotundo coming in with a shoulder tackle to knock him down. Rotundo then fights back with a shot to the leg, a gut shot and finally a knee to the gut. Rotundo with a facebuster, followed by attempting an Irish whip, but Langston blocks it. Rotundo with a forearm and then tries for the Irish whip again, but again Langston blocks it. Langston then with an Irish whip that sends Rotundo hard into the corner and crashing down onto the mat.
Langston with a club to the back, followed by a series of gut shots. Langston then drills Rotundo with a Biel, sending Rotundo halfway across the ring for a nearfall. Rotundo tries to fight back with a kick to the gut, but as he tries for another one, Langston catches his feet and drives Rotundo down the hard way out of the corner. Langston taunts the crowd, but Rotundo then fights back again with a gut shot and a right hand. Rotundo with another right hand, but Langston knocks him back down with a forearm. Langston goes to the mount and rains in a pair of right hands for another nearfall. Rotundo fights back yet again with a back elbow to the gut, followed by a pair of right hands. However, Langston comes right back with a knee to the gut. Langston goes off the ropes and proceeds to clean Rotundo’s clock with a running avalanche. Langston then locks in a version of the Colossal Clutch as the crowd tries to will on Rotundo. Rotundo gets to his feet, but Langston knocks him back down with a series of clubs to the back. Langston then drops the straps and goes off the ropes, looking for a leaping splash, but Rotundo is able to move out of the way.
Langston goes back after Rotundo, but then Rotundo unloads on Langston with a series of gut shots. Rotundo then hits a series of back elbows to the head of Langston. Rotundo goes off the ropes and hits a clothesline, but Langston does not go down. Rotundo goes back off the ropes and hits a shoulder tackle, but Langston still won’t go down. Rotundo goes off the ropes a 3rd time and hits a running gut shot, then goes off the ropes again, but is caught by Langston. Langston tries to set up for the Big Ending, but Rotundo hooks his feet in the ropes to block Langston from doing so. Langston then just throws Rotundo down out of frustration. Langston stalks Rotundo and fires himself up before charging at him.
However, Rotundo catches Langston coming in with the Spear out of nowhere for the victory.
Winner: Bo Rotundo by pinfall (Spear)
Rotundo celebrates his win while Langston is angry about the loss as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we see the same vignette from a couple of weeks back of Adam Mercer.
In the ring, Caylee Turner introduces FCW General Manager Summer Rae, who comes out with her lackey, Rob Naylor. Summer announces that there will be a 30 Minute FCW 15 Title match next week between champion Richie Steamboat & Antonio Cesaro. Summer also says that WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross will be calling the match. Summer then brings out Steamboat & Cesaro for a photo op. Steamboat & Cesaro exchange words while Summer poses for the photo op. Steamboat then extends his hand in a sign of sportsmanship, but Cesaro just walks away. Both men continue to exchange words as we go to commercial.
Nick Rogers vs. James Bronson
Before the match starts, Bronson goes over to where the announce table yet and says to William Regal that he can’t have Ambrose yet, because Ambrose is his. Lock-up and Bronson with a kick to the gut, followed by a club to the back and finally a knee to the gut. Bronson then nails Rogers with a left arm lariat. Irish whip by Bronson, but Rogers tries to come back with a Sunset flip, however Bronson blocks it. Bronson picks Rogers up, but Rogers fights back with a double ear clap. Rogers with a gut shot, followed by a series of left hands. Bronson then comes back with a left hand of his own, followed by a knee to the face. Bronson talks trash to Rogers, then slaps him across the face. Irish whip by Bronson, but Rogers moves out of the way on Bronson’s charge in. Rogers goes to the middle rope and goes for the 10 punches, but only gets to 6 as Bronson takes him out of the corner and drills him with a powerbomb.
Bronson then locks in a unique version of a figure 4 and Rogers has no choice but to tapout.
Winner: James Bronson by submission (Modified Figure 4)
After the match, Bronson locks Rogers in a rear naked choke with a body scissors. The referee has trouble pulling Bronson off when all of a sudden, William Regal leaves the announce table and goes in the ring, attacking Bronson. Regal then locks Bronson in the Regal Stretch. All of a sudden, Garrett Dylan comes out to try and pull Regal off of Bronson, pulling at his hair. Then, Dean Ambrose comes out and attacks Dylan. Ambrose then locks Dylan in the Regal Stretch while Regal still has Bronson in the same hold. Both Regal & Ambrose break the hold as they stare each other down. Regal wags his finger at Ambrose, then goes to the back as Ambrose continues to stare him down as we go to commercial.
Main Event for the Florida Heavyweight Title: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Kassius Ohno
Lock-up and Ohno with a waistlock, but Rollins quickly counters into a wristlock. Rollins switches to a hammerlock, but then Ohno counters into a side headlock. Rollins then counters out into a keylock, but then Ohno drops down and takes down Rollins with a single leg takedown. Ohno goes for a leglock, but Rollins counters out into a cross armbreaker. Ohno gets out and goes back to the leg, but then Rollins goes for the head of Ohno. Ohno then pulls at Rollins’ fingers and goes to a wristlock. Rollins then spins out and kips up to counter and goes to a wristlock of his own. Ohno then switches into a waistlock and takes Rollins down. Ohno then with a crucifix roll-up for a 1 count. Both men quickly get back up and we are at a stalemate. Both men go for a knucklelock, but then Ohno switches into a keylock. Ohno takes Rollins down and goes into an armbar. Rollins gets to his feet, but Ohno switches into a hammerlock, followed by locking in a cravate. Ohno with a snapmare takeover, then goes off the ropes and knocks Rollins down with a shoulder tackle. Ohno goes back off the ropes, but Rollins takes him down with a drop toe hold. Rollins then hooks Ohno in a La Magistral for a 1 count. However, Ohno quickly pops back up and knocks Rollins back down with another shoulder tackle. Ohno goes back off the ropes, Rollins leapfrogs, but as Ohno puts on the brakes and holds on the ropes, Rollins does a backflip as he is doing so. Ohno then charges, looking for a running dropkick, but Rollins sidesteps him and Ohno catches nothing but canvas. Rollins then with an Oklahoma Roll for a nearfall. Rollins then scores with a dropkick for a 1 count, followed by a side headlock takedown. Ohno gets to his feet and sends Rollins to the corner to force a break. Ohno breaks, but then nails Rollins with a club to the back. Ohno with a kick to the gut, followed by another club to the back. Ohno goes for a chop, but Rollins ducks and then nails Ohno with one of his own. Rollins with another chop, then goes for an Irish whip, but Ohno drops down to block it. Rollins then with a kick to the gut, followed by a stomp to the back as Ohno tries to create some distance. However, Rollins keeps at him and then connects with a slam. Rollins then goes off the ropes and hits a leaping knee drop for a 1 count. Rollins with a gut shot, followed by a right hand. Rollins with a club to the back, followed by an Irish whip, but Ohno reverses it. Ohno charges, but Rollins tries to back body drop Ohno over the ropes, however Ohno lands on the apron. Ohno grabs a hold of Rollins, but Rollins fights back with a gut shot, followed by a shoulder to the gut. Rollins then slingshots over the ropes and tries to take Ohno down with a Sunset flip powerbomb, but Ohno holds on and then proceeds to bury Rollins’ head in the ring skirt and stomp him right in the face. Both men go to the outside as Ohno then brings Rollins back in. Ohno gets a 1 count, then locks in another cravate style hold as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Ohno still has Rollins in that cravate style hold. Rollins tries to get to his feet, but Ohno brings him back down. Rollins is able to get to his feet on the 2nd try and then tries to break out with gut shots, but Ohno spins him around. However, Rollins fires back with a right hand. Rollins with a series of right hands, followed by a club to the back. Rollins goes off the ropes, but as Ohno goes to a drop down, Rollins puts on the brakes and then hooks Ohno in a pinning predicament for a nearfall. Rollins tries to go for the leg of Ohno, but Ohno kicks him off and sends Rollins through the ropes and to the outside, where Rollins crashed down with a loud thud. The referee begins his 10 count as Rollins is still down. Ohno goes to the outside to go after Rollins, but Rollins fights back with a chop. Rollins with a pair of chops as Ohno scurries himself back into the ring. Rollins crawls back in, but Ohno sees him coming and drills Rollins with a running front dropkick to the side of Rollins’ head for a close nearfall.
Ohno unloads with a series of chops and boots to the head of Rollins in the corner. Ohno charges and connects with a flying elbow in the corner, then goes off the ropes and connects with a flying clothesline for a nearfall. Ohno begins to get frustrated as he rubs Rollins’ face in the mat and peppers him with a series of clubs to the back. Ohno gains another nearfall, then rakes at Rollins’ face with his boot. Ohno goes for a front flip senton, but Rollins is able to get the knees up. Ohno with a club to the back, followed by a pair of boots to the face, but all they seem to be doing is firing Rollins up and getting him back into the match. Ohno with another boot to the face, followed by another chop, but then Rollins fires back with a chop of his own. Both men then exchange chops to one another until Rollins gains the advantage. Rollins with a series of right hand, but then Ohno with an Irish whip, but Rollins reverses it and knocks Ohno down with a forearm.
Rollins with a clothesline, followed by an Irish whip, however Ohno does a front flip over the ropes and lands on the apron. Rollins then charges at Ohno and knocks him off the apron with a running dropkick. Rollins then goes for a slingshot plancha, but Ohno moves out of the way and gets back in the ring, however Rollins lands on his feet. Ohno then charges at Rollins and goes for something, but Rollins moves out of the way and back in the ring, however Ohno does a somersault over the ropes and lands on his feet as well. However, Ohno doesn’t see Rollins coming as Rollins charges again and this time nails Ohno with a tope dive. Rollins brings Ohno back in the ring and gains a nearfall. Rollins goes for the Avada Kedavra, but Ohno blocks it. Ohno goes for a waistlock, but Rollins breaks out with back elbows. Rollins switches to a waistlock of his own, but then Ohno runs into the ropes so that Rollins is sent throat first into the top rope to break the hold. Ohno then connects with the Crash Landing (Rolling Release Suplex) for a nearfall. Ohno removes one of his elbow pads and goes after Rollins, who had rolled out onto the apron. Ohno locks in a cravate and tries to pull Rollins back in, but Rollins fights out with a pair of gut shots. Rollins then hooks Ohno and tries to take him over with a backslide of sorts, but Ohno fights out, However, Rollins comes rights back and drills Ohno with an enziguri. Rollins then heads up top and connects with a flying forearm on Ohno. Rollins then hits Avada Kedavra, but Ohno just barely kicks out. Rollins goes back after Ohno, but Ohno fights back with a gut shot, followed by sending Rollins into the ropes.
Ohno then drills Rollins with the KO, but Rollins just barely kicks out. Ohno can’t believe it and yells out in frustration. Ohno then grabs Rollins and drills him with the Ohno Blade (Hangman’s Neckbreaker setup into a Rolling Elbow). Ohno drags Rollins into the center of the ring, but Rollins once again barely kicks out. Ohno removes his other elbow pad and stalks Rollins, waiting for him to get up. Ohno goes for another KO, but Rollins sees him coming and nails Ohno with another enziguri.
Rollins then goes off the ropes and hits the running Curb Stomp on Ohno for the victory.
Winner and still Florida Heavyweight Champion: Seth Rollins by pinfall (Running Curb Stomp)
Rollins celebrates his win with the crowd as we go to credits.
Decent show this week, but not as good as the last couple of weeks.
Opener was just merely a showcase for Victor, nothing more to it than that.
Rotundo & Langston was solid as Langston was good as the powerful heel with Rotundo doing well on the FIP work. Also like the finish as it came out of nowhere but at the same time, protected Langston as it took a flash move from Rotundo to beat him.
The Bronson/Ambrose/Regal stuff was intriguing also, as it seems like we may get a Ambrose/Regal tag match before their re-match as a way to finish this deal off with Bronson.
The main event was very good as Ohno & Rollins worked a nice paced match with some good false finishes. These two have definitely improved since making their way to developmental, especially Rollins and it showed. Good effort by both.
Overall, a decent show but to me, it was not at the level of the last couple episodes.
My Grade: C
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