TV REPORTS FCW TV REPORT 10/25: WWE developmental TV - Sheamus vs. R-Truth, NXT stars Skip Sheffield & Michael Tarver & Darren Young, ECW GM Tiffany vs. Serena
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Florida Championship Wrestling TV Report
October 25, 2009
Aired on the Bright House Sports Network
Report by Cody Endres, PWTorch contributor
-Announcers Byron Saxton and Wade Barrett hype up a special WWE Highlight Match featuring Sheamus taking on R-Truth in our main event.
1 – SKIP SHEFFIELD vs. JIMMY USO
Sheffield (Ryan Reeves) is making his FCW television debut with a new cowboy character. Sheffield was formerly known as Ryback. He cut a quick promo about being a corn-fed Texan, drinking Mountain Dew, and ended with the catchphrase "Yep Yep Yep." Uso (John Fatu) is one of Rikishi's sons and also happens to be making his FCW television debut here. Sheffield executes the Oklahoma Stampede early on. Uso runs off the ropes and connects with an impressive spinning forearm. Uso locks in an innovative sliding headlock. Sheffield catches Uso with a Lou Thesz press and follows with his Over the Shoulder Boulder Holder finisher for the win.
WINNER: Skip Sheffield in 2:14. Basic squash that seemed fresh with everyone involved. Uso doesn't have the muscular body type that WWE seems to favor, but I'd keep an eye on him.
-Another zany South Beach Boys promo aired. They are making their FCW debuts next week. Darren Young said they stay ready so they don't have to get ready. Percy Watson did his "Sexy Star Stud Stallionaires" line. Craziness.
2 – CURT HAWKINS & DYLAN KLEIN vs. JOHNNY CURTIS & JOE HENNIG
Saxton questioned if the egos between Hawkins & Klein could coexist. Saxton explained that Curtis & Hennig were teaming since they both have experienced frustrating tracks to the FCW Heavyweight Title. Curtis immediately grabs a headlock on Klein. Barrett said he doesn't celebrate Halloween due to the fact that it is an American holiday. He warned that children who knock on his door will have a bucket of ice water thrown at them. Hennig with the rolling neck snap on Hawkins for a nearfall. Klein gets Hennig to the outside and dumps him headfirst onto the apron. The heels focus their attack on Hennig's head and neck for several minutes. Hennig and Hawkins take each other down with a double clothesline. Hennig crawls to his corner to finally make the hot tag, but Curtis drops off the apron and walks away. Hawkins grabs a distracted Hennig and hits an implant DDT for the victory.
WINNERS: Curt Hawkins & Dylan Klein in 8:05. At long last – some character development for Curtis.
-FCW General Manager Abraham Washington came to the ring accompanied by Liviana. Washington said he needed to bring out someone who many consider to be the next big thing, but after last week's loss to Tyler Reks, Washington now considers him a flop. Enter Vance Archer. Archer claimed he has held titles all over the world and will one day be FCW Heavyweight Champion. Washington told him he needed to learn how to kick out (I'm guessing this was an inside joke since the finish last week was botched). FCW Heavyweight Champion Justin Angel interrupted. Before Angel could say much of anything, Heath Slater ran in and attacked him. Angel was able to fend him off.
3 – GABRIEL vs. MICHAEL TARVER
Before the match Gabriel recapped his feud with Alex Riley and said it was over between them after his victory last week. He now returns to his quest of going after the FCW Heavyweight Championship. Both men exchange some ground holds. Gabriel with a gutwrench suplex for a nearfall. Tarver comes back with a T-bone suplex for a nearfall of his own. Tarver locks in an abdominal stretch and grabs the middle rope for more leverage. Alex Riley walks to ringside and distracts Gabriel. Tarver schoolboys Gabriel for the cheap win.
WINNER: Michael Tarver in 4:31. Decent. Nice to see Tarver get a win on television.
4 – Queen of FCW MIA MANCINI vs. TIFFANY – Non-title Match
Tiffany catches Mancini with a clothesline early on. Tiffany with a crossbody off the second rope for a nearfall. Barrett tells more tales of Mancini's father being a mob boss in Sicily. Mancini works over the neck of Tiffany. Tiffany hits a few running elbows followed by a suplex. Mancini drops Tiffany with the dominator for the win.
WINNER: Mia Mancini in 4:13. Tiffany is extremely limited in the ring, but this was watchable.
-Howard Finkel was brought out to do ring announcing duties for the special main event.
5 – SHEAMUS vs. R-TRUTH
Sheamus was with ECW at the time this was taped, so this is technically an ECW vs. Smackdown match. Truth sang his theme song as usual and let some fans sing the "What's Up" portion. Barrett doesn't like rap and would have preferred a Beatles's medley. Truth does the splits and hits a jumping side kick for a nearfall. Sheamus hits a bicycle kick out of nowhere and sends Truth to the floor. Sheamus tosses Truth into the ringpost before both men return to the ring. Barrett talked about the contrast in skin colors. Sheamus lifts up Truth and rams him into the turnbuckle. Truth catches Sheamus with a DDT for a nearfall. Truth misses his scissor kick and Sheamus narrowly misses his bicycle kick as well. Truth runs off the ropes and nails Sheamus with his jumping spin forearm for the win.
WINNER: R-Truth in 5:53. This match wouldn't have felt out of place on the Superstars show. That being said, the crowd was absolutely dead and only popped for Truth's entrance.
-The announcers hyped up that next week would be Justin Angel's first defense as FCW Heavyweight Champion.
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