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FCW TV REPORT 5/17: WWE Developmental wrestlers Brett DiBiase and Sheamus in action, Festus in TV main event

May 24, 2009 - 10:30:27 AM
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Florida Championship Wrestling TV Report
May 17, 2009
Aired on the Bright House Sports Network
Report by Cody Endres, PWTorch contributor


-Show opens with footage from last week. Abraham Washington said he was seizing control of FCW because Steve Keirn is a crazy man. Washington called himself a savior and said he felt divine. Steve Keirn, the President and CEO of FCW, interrupted and ejected Washington from the building.

-After the opening montage, announcers Josh Mathews & Dusty Rhodes opened the show from ringside. They mentioned Washington's attempt to take over FCW, but said that right now is the debut of a third-generation superstar. Dusty said this was the hottest show in Florida.

1 -- DYLAN KLEIN vs. BRETT DIBIASE

During his ring entrance, Klein had one of those old school WWE Superstars onscreen promos. He called himself the "trend setting, attention getting, one of a kind - Dylan Klein." DiBiase, the younger brother of Ted DiBiase Jr., came out to make his FCW television debut. Both men trade headlocks and shoulder blocks early on. DiBiase attempts a sunset flip, but Klein stomps his face. Klein connects with a jumping clothesline for a nearfall. DiBiase returns with a jumping shoulder tackle, jumping back elbow, and a nice springboard crossbody. Mathews said DiBiase was trying to impress WWE scouts in attendance. Klein attempted a superplex off the top, but DiBiase shoves him off and hit an ugly looking missile dropkick for the quick win.

WINNER: Brett DiBiase in 3:30. Too short to judge DiBiase's potential.

-Backstage, Fletcher Chase interviewed Sebastian Slater. Slater said he had a mystery partner from the WWE for the tag team main event.

[Commercial Break]

-In the ring, FCW President Steve Keirn talked about the Abraham Washington situation, but Fletcher Chase interrupted. Chase, apparently doing Don Callis's old gimmick from the ECW on TNN days, said he represented the network and that they support a third party candidate to be the FCW General Manager - himself. Abraham Washington entered through the backdoor he was kicked out of last week and got in the ring with his security staff. The crown chanted "you suck." Washington said not much had changed around FCW - Keirn is still as old and as ugly as ever. He accused Keirn of abusing his power. Keirn said he wanted to appoint an FCW General Manager. Next week, Chase and Washington will each get one minute to make their case for the job in front of the FCW audience.

[Commercial Break]

2 -- TROY JACKMAN & JON CUTLER vs. SWEET PAPI SANCHEZ & KAFU

Before the match, Sanchez tossed candy around ringside. Mathews explained that Jackman/Cutler are a makeshift team while Sanchez/Kafu are best friends making their tag team debut together. Mathews mentioned they have even been seeking out advice from the Colons. Sanchez dominated Cutler early with an atomic drop and a clothesline before tagging in Kafu. The heel team retreated to the outside. Dusty made a crack about Mathews' nosebleed on Raw weeks ago. Jackman & Cutler cut off the ring and pummeled Kafu in their corner. Kafu made the hot tag to Sanchez. Sanchez goes to town on Cutler including hitting the flip flop and fly elbow. Sanchez follows up with a big boot and a running splash for the victory.

WINNERS: Sweet Papi Sanchez & Kafu in 3:44. Not good.

-Backstage, Fletcher Chase interviewed FCW Champion Drew McIntyre. Chase said the network was proud to have him as champion. McIntyre said he moved out of Scotland because he didn't want to be a big fish in a pond full of losers. He flies between Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City and parties all night long at the best clubs. He called himself "The Prince of Ratings."

[Commercial Break]

-Backstage, Fletcher Chase told Alex Riley that there would be a title shot in his future if Keirn names him General Manager. Suddenly, Johnny Prime jumped into the picture and blindsided Riley.

3 -- SHEAMUS O'SHAUNESSY vs. JUSTIN ANGEL

Dusty said Angel reminds him of Tyson Kidd and Evan Bourne. Angel hit some standing kicks that only seemed to annoy Sheamus. Angel finally took him down with a low dropkick. Sheamus countered with a swinging backbreaker and a short arm clothesline. Dusty said that the world of sports entertainment was ready for Sheamus. Angel surprised Sheamus with a huracanrana. Angel attempts a cross body, but Sheamus catches him and executes a fall away slam. Dusty already wants to see Sheamus vs. John Cena. Angel rallies with a dropkick, jumping enziguiri, and a springboard moonsault for a nearfall. Both men trade offense before Angel hits a tilt-a-whirl DDT. Angel connects with an STO and goes to the top for his 450 splash, but Sheamus rolls to the outside. Angel jumps out onto him with a spinning tope. Back in the ring, Angel attempts to springboard towards Sheamus, but Sheamus counters and barely grazes him with a pump kick. Sheamus follows up with his finisher, The Fiery Red Hand (a variation on the Rock Bottom), for the win.

WINNER: Sheamus O'Shaunessy in 5:43. Entertaining match. These two really stand out on this roster.

[Commercial Break]

4 -- TRENT BERETTA & CAYLEN CROFT vs. SEBASTIAN SLATER & FESTUS

Festus came out as Slater's mystery partner to a big pop and a "ring the bell" chant. When the bell rang, Festus chased the heels around ringside. Festus hoisted Slater up and slammed him down onto Beretta. Dusty mentioned something about Festus in ECW and Mathews had to remind him that Festus was on Raw. Even the announcers are confused about the rosters. Festus tossed Croft over the top while Slater clotheslined Beretta to the floor.

[Commercial Break]

Croft tugged Slater throat first into the second rope to gain an advantage. Beretta hit a springboard elbow drop on Slater. Mathews brings up karaoke for some reason, which sends Dusty into a conversation about Pat Patterson. Dusty mentions Norman Smiley and Billy Kidman as FCW trainers. The heels continued to beat down Slater while Festus paced in his corner. Dusty made a crack about the old "Baretta" TV show starring Robert Blake. Mathews became confused. Dusty asked him if he ever saw "Andy Griffith." I think Dusty needs to attend that broadcasting school with Shaq. Beretta attempted a flying cross body, but Slater ducked and Beretta took a nasty spill in the ropes. Festus tagged in and hit his signature punches and flying shoulder tackle on Croft. Beretta tried to interfere, but Festus gave him a big boot. Festus hit his flapjack finisher on Croft for the win.

WINNERS: Sebastian Slater & Festus in 11:25. Nothing special without Festus being there.

-Advertised for next week's show: A mixed tag team match with the team of Alex Riley & Beverly taking on Johnny Prime & Angela. Also, Drew McIntyre defends his FCW Championship against D.H. Smith.


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