TV REPORTS FCW TV REPORT 8/2: WWE developmental books a Reverse Battle Royal, Tyler Reks defends FCW Title, Brett DiBiase in action
Aug 8, 2009 - 9:45:16 AM
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Florida Championship Wrestling TV Report
August 2, 2009
Aired on the Bright House Sports Network
Report by Cody Endres, PWTorch contributor
-The show opens with the FCW roster making their way to the ringside area for the Grand Royale match. Ring announcer Angela explains that the match starts outside the ring. Participants then have one minute to enter the ring. The match then turns into a battle royal where you are eliminated by being thrown over the top rope with both feet touching the floor.
1 – GRAND ROYAL MATCH
A huge brawl breaks out around ringside. Justin Angel manages to slip into the ring immediately. Angel runs around the ring kicking anyone trying to enter. Caylen Croft, Joe Hennig, Gabriel, Sweet Papi Sanchez, Dawson Alexander, Vance Archer, Dylan Klein, Ricky Ortiz, Yoshi Tatsu, Johnny Curtis, and Bo Rotundo all enter the ring.
After the first minute, participants who weren't able to enter the ring must return to the back. Notable wrestlers who didn't make it included Duke Rotundo, Kris Logan, and Sicodelico Jr. The match now turns into your standard battle royal. On commentary Dusty Rhodes explains that General Manager Abraham Washington will present the winner of the Grand Royalewith their prize later tonight. Sanchez tosses out Bo Rotundo. Yoshi tugs the top rope down so that Archer (Lance Hoyt) tumbles onto the apron. Yoshi follows up with his patented karate kick to eliminate Archer. Suprisingly, Sanchez is able to eliminate Gabriel. To further confuse viewers Dusty Rhodes refers to Caylen Croft as Trent Baretta and then refers to Johnny Curtis as Wes Brisco. Good lord. Curtis reverses a maneuver and sends Klein to the floor. Curtis & Angel teams up to clothesline Sanchez over the top rope. Yoshi tosses Ortiz over the top, but Ortiz hangs onto the top rope. Angel connects with a dropkick to eliminate Ortiz. Alexander randomly tosses out Yoshi in perhaps the most uneventful elimination of this match. Alexander presses Angel and drops him to the floor. We're down to the final four: Alexander, Croft, Hennig, and Curtis.
Curtis flings Hennig over the top, but Hennig manages to hang onto the ropes and slip back into the ring. Alexander nails Croft with a back elbow and a splash in the corner. Lots of boring elimination attempts ensue. Croft throws Alexander over the ropes to eliminate him. Curtis nails Hennig with the Johnny Kick. Croft eliminates a dazed Hennig. Curtis quickly clothesline Croft over to win the match.
WINNER: Johnny Curtis in 12:10 of what aired. It was cool to see almost the entire roster together, but that wore off quickly when it turned into a standard battle royal. Yoshi or Angel really deserved to make it to the end. Alexander is incredibly green in the ring and he shouldn't have lasted as long as he did. Curtis has been around developmental for a long time now, but just doesn't have that "it" factor.
-Curtis continued to celebrate in the ring. FCW GM Abraham Washington accompanied by Rosa Mendes made his way to the ring. Washington said that the Grand Royal was off the hook and that he should win the GM of the year award. Forget that, GM of the millennium. Washington congratulated Curtis on winning the first ever Grand Royal match. Washington said that Curtis shows up to work late, doesn't comb his hair, doesn't brush his teeth, or flush. Washington revealed that the main event was supposed to be a re-match between Tyler Reks and Alex Riley for the FCW Heavyweight title, but he's adding Curtis to the match to make it a three-way. Curtis shakes Washington's hand and thanks him.
-Viewers were forced to watch a video hyping Eric Escobar's extremely white teeth. Seriously.
2 – DYLAN KLEIN vs. BRETT DIBIASE
The announcers explain that these two are still feuding at the live events. DiBiase goes after Klein aggressively with a side headlock. Klein punches DiBiase's ribs to break free. DiBiase crawls into the corner and sells his ribs. Klein backs away from DiBiase so the ref can check on him. The ref flashes up the X sign. A trainer runs out to ringside, but DiBiase waves him off and stands back up. Klein continues the attack on DiBiase's ribs. Klein poses after connecting with a snap suplex. Dusty said the ref should consider stopping this match. DiBiase gets in a few punches, but Klein goes right back to those injured ribs. Klein stands on a prone DiBiase. Klein hoists up DiBiase and then drops DiBiase's ribs across his knee. Klein makes the cover, but DiBiase turned over Klein and cradled him for the win.
WINNER: Brett DiBiase in 8:11. This match told a great story and continued the slow progression of DiBiase.
-Heath Slater cut a backstage promo. Slater had a cast on his left arm. He said first he had problems with his knee that kept him away for a couple months. Now he has a broken hand and he's not sure when the cast will come off. Slater said these injuries wouldn't keep him down. Everytime he gets knocked down, he gets back up again. He told the FCW fans that they would see a new Slater when he returned and it will blow their minds.
3 – TYLER REKS vs. ALEX RILEY (w/Beverly) vs. JOHNNY CURTIS – Three-way Match for the FCW Heavyweight Championship
Curtis immediately lands the Johnny Kick on Riley that sends him to the floor. Reks quickly rolls up Curtis for a nearfall. The story here is that Reks and Curtis are former tag team partners. Reks with a crossbody off the second rope. Riley runs in to break up the pin attempt. Riley tosses Reks to the floor and works over Curtis. Rhodes joked that FCW replays on Bright House whenever they run out of fishing shows. Curtis springboards into the ring from the apron and hits Riley with a legdrop. Reks nails Curtis with a springboard dropkick. Reks clotheslines Riley over the top rope and both men spill to the floor. Curtis climbs to the top and takes out both men with a somersault plancha.
They showed a replay of the somersault plancha spot. Reks tosses Curtis outside the ring. Riley executes a neck breaker on Reks. Reks connects on Riley with a running clothesline, but Curtis breaks up the pin. Riley hoists Reks up to the top rope and hits a superplex. With both men down, Curtis leaps off the top and nails them with a double legdrop. Curtis covers Reks for a nearfall. Curtis hits Riley with a falcon arrow suplex, but Reks breaks up the pin. Curtis and Reks start brawling with one another. Reks gets behind Curtis and uses him as a battering ram to take out Riley. Reks then rolls up Curtis for the victory.
WINNER: Tyler Reks in 10:00 to retain the FCW Heavyweight Championship. Good match that seemed to signal the start of a Reks-Curtis feud.
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