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We get a video package that shows the events leading up to this abomination of (what will hopefully be a short) match. All I'm reminded off throughout the whole video, is how nothing Hogan and Bischoff do, will ever make me care about Garrett.
Gunner is the first man to make his way out to the ring, accompanied by Eric Bischoff. Gunner is carrying a towel in hand, and he and Eric promised backstage. They get a little bit of heat from the crowd, but it seems like the crowd is about as excited as I am.
Garrett Bischoff is out next, and since he's with Hogan, he gets a good reaction. But the crowd immediately chanting for Hogan shows exactly who they care about. Tenay even references that the crowd are standing for "the trainer of Garrett Bischoff".
Garrett looks to be wrestling in gym pants. The bell rings and Gunner shoves Garrett. Garrett takes Gunner down with a couple of arm drags, then a sloppy dropkick. Gunner heads to the corner, and Earl Hebner holds Garrett back. Gunner takes Garrett down to the mat and slaps the back of his head.
Gunner hits Garrett with a couple of rights before tearing away at him in the corner. Garrett hits another arm drag before locking in an arm bar. Gunner gets back to his feet and Garrett continues to work over the arm. Gunner fights it off with a head butt, continuing the assault with another before taking things into the corner, and raking his face across the top rope. Gunner buries his shoulder in Garrett's midsection. Garrett comes back with a couple of rights but Gunner puts him down with a clubbing blow to the back. Garrett hits the ropes and Eric grabs his foot. The distraction gets up the ire of Hogan and Hebner heads to the outside to cool things down while Gunner beats on Garrett and stomps away in the corner.
Garrett hits a running forearm and takes Gunner down with a backslide. Garrett locks on a front face lock, and Hogan is vocal for the first time in the match, telling Garrett he's doing a good job. Gunner fights up to his feet and out of the hold, but he's rolled up, then hit with an atomic drop by Garrett. Garrett charges Gunner in the corner, but he's launched face first into the middle turnbuckle, then hit with a clothesline to the back of the head. Gunner hits Garrett with a knee to the back, before bringing him up and beating him back down to the mat for another two count.
Garrett tries to fight back, but Gunner continues the assualt, beating him up and stomping away on him on the mat. Gunner tosses Garrett in front of Hogan and continues to stomp away at him. Garrett fights back with more rights, but he's taken back down to the mat again with a shot to the gut, the a neck vise.
Garrett refuses to give up, even though Gunner is wrenching away at his neck. Garrett fights to his feet, but he's driven back to the mat with an elbow to the chest. Gunner picks Garrett up and hits a rope assisted slingshot suplex for another two count.
Garrett continues to try and fights back, but Gunner won't allow for much offense, until Garrett picks up Gunner and drops him down face first to the mat. Hogan tries to pump up his protege. Both men get up and Gunner beats on Garrett in the corner, but Garrett comes back with a couple of right hands, only to be laid back out with a neckbreaker.
Gunner chokes Garrett in front of Eric and Eric lays in a slap. Hogan has had enough and he takes Eric out with a big right hand. Back in the ring, Gunner continues work over Garrett with another neckbreaker. Hogan seems pretty concerned, telling Hebner to check Garrett's neck, so Gunner picks him up, and hits him with an elbow to the back of the neck. Gunner drops a knee on the back of Garrett's head, and Hogan is pretty concerned still. Gunner tries for another neckbreaker, but Garrett holds on to the ropes, and Gunner falls to the mat. Hulk heads up to the apron with the towel, but Garrett waves him off. Gunner hits a DDT, and lays Garrett out for the three count.
Eric Bischoff is shown peeking over the apron, smiling and laughing. I have to say, this PPV went from really good, to really bad, really quickly. Hopefully the main event will bring things back. Bischoff and Gunner make their way to the back, gloating, while Hogan checks on Garrett, with concern on his face, in the ring.
Tenay and JB immediately turn their attention to Garrett Bischoff's "amazing performance" where he showed "lots of heart". They also offer up a couple of defenses for his performance before sending things backstage to Christy Hemme who's standing with Sting. Sting says he wanted to make sure everyone in the match tonight is on their best behavior. He says he'll make sure Bobby Roode doesn't walk away conveniently from the match by cheating. He says there'll be a clean cut winner, and it's showtime.