Samuel Shaw is the first man to make it out, and he gets next to no reaction from the crowd. Interesting to note, JB is stepping in on announcing duties for this match, replacing Christy Hemme. Shaw looks around for Christy, and he’s disappointed to find out she isn’t ringside. He asks for a mic.
Shaw sticks the mic in his pocket, and climbs to the top of the cage. He straddles the cage and pulls out the mic. Shaw asks where Christy is. He says someone’s not keeping it professional. Shaw says if Hemme doesn’t get out here now, he’s going to professionally end it all. Shaw stands on the cage, but he’s interrupted by Mr. Anderson’s music.
Anderson tells Shaw to hang on a second. He says he’s got something much more important-er (his words, not mine). Anderson calls down the mic, and does his introduction, much to the fan’s delight. Anderson says Shaw doesn’t want to jump off the cage, it’s not high enough. The fans want Shaw to jump. Anderson says he’ll break an ankle and look like more of a goof than he already does. Anderson says he needs at least 4 or 5 stories. He says he should come down, let Anderson beat him up a little bit, and he’ll give him a ride wherever he wants to go. He calls Shaw a ‘creepy bastard’ before heading down to the ring.
Steel Cage Match
Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw
Anderson climbs into the cage, and Shaw begins to climb down into the ring. The bell rings, and Shaw stands on the top rope. Shaw puts the mic down, and backs away from Anderson. Anderson stalks Shaw around the ring. Anderson catches a kick from Shaw, and hits a big clothesline. Shaw begs off while Anderson calls him a weirdo. Hemme walks down the ramp toward the ring. Shaw blocks a kick, but eats a right hand from Anderson. Anderson beats on Shaw in the corner, whipping him across the ring hard and following in with a clothesline. Anderson goes for another, but runs right into a big boot. Shaw climbs the ropes, but Anderson pulls him down and sets up for the mic check. Shaw fights it off, but Anderson comes up with a gut wrench suplex.
Shaw connects with a shot to the throat, and stomps on Anderson in the corner. Shaw chokes Anderson a bit, then crosses the ring to begin the climb again. Shaw makes it to the top of the cage, but Anderson is able to cut him off. Shaw kicks at him, but Anderson pulls him down to the ropes. Shaw scores with a series of rights, then slams Anderson’s head into the cage wall a couple of times. A couple more right hands rock Anderson and send him crashing back to the mat. ‘CM Punk’ chant from the crowd. Shaw gets back to the top of the cage again, but Anderson gets up and drags him back down. Anderson slams Shaw’s face into the cage wall, but Shaw blocks a third attempt with a couple of back elbows. Anderson is able to belly to back suplex Shaw from the top rope back down to the mat.
Anderson and Shaw struggle back to their knees, where Shaw throws Anderson face first into the cage wall. Shaw gets up to his feet, then he spots Christy, waving to her. Shaw heads to the cage door, and Hebner works on the lock. Anderson sends Shaw into the cage door, pushing it into Hebner and sending Hebner flying. Anderson connects with the mic check in the middle of the ring.
Anderson picks Shaw up to his feet and hits another mic check, sending Shaw face first into the middle turnbuckle. Anderson picks Shaw’s head up and lets it drop to the mat a couple of times, asking Hemme if she’s happy with that. Anderson’s gum falls out of his mouth, and he sticks it in Shaw’s ear. Anderson climbs up the cage while Hemme cheers. Shaw grabs Hemme’s arm through the cage. Anderson hits the floor, but Shaw pulls Hemme into the cage through the opening for cameras. Anderson tries to climb back in, but Shaw knocks him to the floor. Hemme backs away from Shaw, but eventually slaps him across the face. Anderson is able to make it back into the ring, using the referee’s key and opening the door, and he drops Shaw with a trio of well-placed right hands. Anderson gets Hemme out of the cage, but gets a low blow from Shaw. Shaw is able to trap Anderson in a choke hold, and Anderson begins fading.
Anderson drops to the mat while Shaw shushes him. Shaw breaks the hold and climbs out of the ring, walking to the floor. Hebner calls for the bell.
Winner: Samuel Shaw
BroMans are shown backstage with Bobby Roode. Roode asks where Aries is. Aries comes in and asks about Dixie’s insurance policy, he says he’s all the insurance Dixie needs. Roode says he doesn’t know what it is, but this team doesn’t need an insurance policy. Aries says he’s looking for 5% from Roode. Roode says he’ll give Aries 2%, BroMans 2%, and he’ll keep 6% for himself. Roode tells his team not to let him down. Robbie says they’re a team, but Roode walks away unhappily.
We get a recap of ECIII attacking Kurt Angle and putting him out of action, unable to compete tonight.
ECIII makes his way out to the ring, and does not get much of a reaction out of the fans at all.
Carter asks for a mic. He says he had a dream. When he was a young wrestler, he always had a dream to face the best. In 1996, Angle won an Olympic gold medal. He’s the only man to transition that way into Pro Wrestling. Angle is one of the greatest of all time, but so is ECIII. He is wrestling. The crowd says he can’t wrestle, but he disagrees. He’s very good. He proved he’s very good by twice taking out Angle’s knee with a wrestling move. ECIII finds it interesting that Angle scheduled a surgery, depriving him of his dream match, and a chance to prove himself as the new face of wrestling. Angle has lost his passion and will, but ECIII never will. That’s why he issued an open challenge to face the new American icon. He asks who it’ll be. He’s interrupted by Bobby Lashley.
Steel Cage Match
Bobby Lashley vs. Ethan Carter III
Carter complains that Bobby isn’t on the roster as Lashley climbs into the ring. Carter asks if he knows who he is? ECIII says this match won’t be happening, he knows he doesn’t have a contract. And Lashley doesn’t want to end up like Angle. Carter keeps telling Lashley to leave the ring, and that he’s warning him.
Lashley ducks a punch and shoulders ECIII. Lashley hits a running powerslam, then gets ready in the corner. Lashley hits a giant spear, and poses in the corner. Carter crawls out of the cage on his way up the ramp, while Lashley continues to pose in the ring. Tenay and Taz talk about what this means, and ask if Lashley is back in TNA.