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FCW TV REPORT 10/4: WWE developmental TV - Eric Escobar, Serena, Curt Hawkins vs. Johnny Curtis, Bo Rotundo

Feb 10, 2010 - 5:58:53 PM
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Florida Championship Wrestling TV Report
October 4, 2009
Aired on the Bright House Sports Network
Report by Cody Endres, PWTorch contributor


-Byron Saxton introduced viewers to his announcing partner this week – "the top bare knuckle fighter in all of Europe" Wade Barrett (the former Stu Sanders). Barrett informed viewers he was in FCW to make some serious coin. Saxton hypes the main event lumberjack match pitting Alex Riley against Gabriel.

1 -- CURT HAWKINS vs. JOHNNY CURTIS

Hawkins is now sporting a different hairstyle and a five-o-clock shadow. The announcers referred to him as a Smackdown superstar. Hawkins stalls early on. Curtis takes out Hawkins at ringside with a plancha. Hawkins shoves Curtis back first into the steel post and tries to obtain a count out victory. Curtis makes it back inside the ring, but Hawkins takes control and works over Curtis' back. In a tribute of sorts to FCW trainer Norman Smiley, Hawkins hits a spinning bodyslam for a nearfall. Curtis leaps off the top with a legdrop, but Hawkins manages to roll out of the way. Curtis reverses a DDT attempt into a roll up for the sudden win.

WINNER: Johnny Curtis in 6:12. Curtis continues his bland and uneventful run in WWE developmental.

-A pre-taped promo from Eli Cottonwood aired in black and white. Cottonwood said he despises Tyler Reks and his hippie lifestyle of eating sunflower seeds and granola. He said chokeslamming Reks on the floor felt good and he wanted to do it again. He warned Brett DiBiase, Joe Hennig, and Justin Angel that their time was coming. Surprisingly good.

[Commercial Break]

2 -- FLETCHER CHASE (w/Troy Jackman) vs. BO ROTUNDO (w/Duke Rotundo)

Saxton explained on commentary that this match was booked by Abraham Washington as a result of the tag team match on last week's episode. Bo put Chase in the corner early on and rammed his shoulder into Chase's gut. Chase countered by lifting a knee. Why don't we see that more often? As a direct result of the counter, Chase focuses his offense on Bo's head and neck. Bo mounts a comeback and catches Chase with a roll up for the victory.

WINNER: Bo Rotundo in 4:35. Not sure why you'd put two surprise roll-up finishes back-to-back on the show.

[Commercial Break]

3 -- SERENA MANCINI vs. APRIL LEE – Queen of FCW Match

Before the match, clips were shown of Mancini defeating Angela (Savannah in FCW) on the previous episode to become Queen of FCW. It really seems demeaning that the women trade a cheap tiara instead of an actual title belt. Barrett claimed that April was 14-years-old and should be in bed since it's a school night. Serena targets April's left arm early on. April moves out of the way of an elbow drop and takes Serena down with a series of clotheslines. Serena hoists April up and drops her with a Dominator to get the pinfall.

WINNER: Serena Mancini in 4:24 to remain the Queen of FCW. Disappointing match after their exciting exchanges during the 4-Pack Divas match a few weeks ago.

-Another black and white video aired with the mystery man with the Jigsaw voice as the cameraman. He confronted Heath Slater backstage and wished him luck on his "endeavors." Slater was irritated and wondered what he meant. The video quickly ended and cut to static.

[Commercial Break]

4 -- ALBERTO BANDERAS & ESPIRAL vs. ERIC ESCOBAR & ELI COTTONWOOD

Escobar leaps off the second rope with a double axe handle, but Banderas cuts him off with a high kick. Barrett criticized the lucha team for speaking "jibber-jabber" and wondered why they didn't speak the Queen's English like everybody else. After several minutes of the lucha team working on Escobar, Cottonwood manages to tag in. Cottonwood takes out Espiral with a big boot and then chokeslams Banderas for the win.

WINNERS: Eric Escobar & Eli Cottonwood in 3:39. Since Cottonwood is a huge man obviously he will be getting a big push in WWE developmental. However, I don't think Banderas should have been the one to take the fall here, as it really undercut his performances the past several weeks.

[Commercial Break]

5 -- ALEX RILEY vs. GABRIEL – Lumberjack Match

Before the match, 16 lumberjacks surrounded the ring, consisting of eight babyfaces and eight heels to make everything even. Both men brawled to start. Gabriel executes a giant swing which leaves Riley dizzy and almost unable to remain in the ring. Riley tosses Gabriel over the top rope in desperation. The heel lumberjacks block off the babyfaces and put the boots to Gabriel before throwing him back in the ring.

[Commercial Break]

Riley scores on a swinging neckbreaker for a nearfall. Gabriel breaks free of a bodylock, but both men take each other down with simultaneous crossbody blocks. Riley rolls to the outside to escape and the babyfaces shove him right back. Gabriel hits a hangman's neckbreaker for a nearfall. Curt Hawkins, one of the heel lumberjacks, runs into the ring and takes out Gabriel with an implant DDT. Riley quickly covers Gabriel for the win as the babyfaces stand around the ring acting shocked.

WINNER: Alex Riley in 10:27 of what aired. I really enjoyed the majority of this match. It was a throwback to some lumberjack matches in 1980s WWF with groups of babyfaces and heels at ringside. However, the finish was really lacking. The faces looked like absolute idiots for standing around and doing nothing while Hawkins interfered.


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