Generation Next vs. World’s Greatest Tag Team
Both sides select who will start first, for Generation Next they select Austin Aries and the World’s Greatest Tag Team counters with Shelton Benjamin as the two men lock up in the center of the ring. Benjamin quickly pushes Aries off and grabs a leg to take him down with, looking for the early advantage, once Aries is down, he gets on top of him with a waist lock as Aries maneuvers around trying to reach the bottom rope and he does. They lock up again and this time Aries gets the advantage with a headlock, Benjamin then pushes off and sends Aries into the ropes, Aries holds onto the ropes as Benjamin charges in and Aries surprises him with a kick to the face. Aries then charges at Benjamin and ducks, avoiding a clothesline before coming off the ropes and surprising Benjamin with a tilt-a-whirl headscissor takedown which gets the crowd into it. Aries then makes the tag to Alex Shelley.
Aries throws Benjamin into the ropes and connects with a drop-toe-hold as Shelley comes off the other ropes with a dropkick to the face of Shelton Benjamin, he covers 1…2…kickout. Shelley throws Benjamin into the ropes and tries for a arm-drag, but Benjamin blocks it, Shelley then lands a shot to the midsection and then places his leg overtop of Benjamin’s head and flips over, he then ducks a clothesline from Benjamin before connecting with his own tilt-a-whirl headscissor takedown. Benjamin is up quickly and Shelley throws him back into the ropes, but he counters and delivers a knee to the midsection and then grabs him by the hair and throws him down. Benjamin then makes the tag to Charlie Haas.
Haas lifts up Shelley and locks him in a headlock, Shelley fights out of the headlock and pushes Haas into the ropes but Haas counters with a shoulderblock which knocks down Shelley. Haas then runs off the ropes as Shelley dives down, Haas comes back off the ropes and this time Shelley leaps over him and then turns with a flying forearm that catches Haas off guard. Haas gets to his feet first and scores with a knee to the stomach to break the momentum of Shelley, before mounting him with some vicious shots to the back of the head. Haas then places Shelley’s head on the second rope and runs off, looking to execute a senton but Shelley moves out of the way and Haas lands uncomfortably on the second rope. Shelley delivers a few shots to get Haas into position and then tags in Austin Aries. Aries sees the opportunity and springboards into the ring with a guillotine leg drop on Haas. Aries covers but Haas manages to kick out. Aries lifts up Haas and delivers a couple of shots and throws him into the ropes, but Haas reverses and connects with an overhead Belly to Belly Suplex, knocking the wind out of Aries. Haas covers, but Aries kicks out.
Haas lifts Aries to his feet and throws him into the corner with such velocity that Aries’ sternum connects with the turnbuckle and drives more wind out of the lungs of Austin Aries. Haas talks trash to the crowd before lifting Aries back to his feet, Haas then lifts Aries up and again throws him into the corner, this time catching him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker as he comes out, choosing his target area to wear down on Aries, the back. Haas makes the tag back to Benjamin who stomps away at the back of Aries. Benjamin then lifts him back to his feet, he throws him into the ropes and scores with a High Back Body Drop as the back of Aries is dealt more damage early on. Benjamin then decides to keep the match on the ground, he wraps his legs around Aries before locking in a chinlock.
Aries is in trouble in the very early going and fights to escape the hold, he gets to his knee and Shelley is urging him on and he manages to elbow out of it, but Benjamin maneuvers Aries into the ropes and connects with a knife edge chop. Benjamin then throws Aries into the corner and charges, Aries gets his foot up, and then connects with a quick dropkick to the knee of Benjamin, making the tag to Alex Shelley!
Shelley gets the tag and he knocks down Benjamin with a forearm. Haas comes in and looks for a clothesline but Shelley ducks and scores with a knockdown on Haas as well. Shelley then knocks down Haas with a dropkick and delivers a dropkick to Benjamin as well as Shelley has quickened up the pace.
Shelley then throws Haas into the ropes and connects with a back body drop. Benjamin runs at him but he ducks another clothesline and connects with the Shellshock! Shelley covers but Benjamin kicks out. Shelley lifts up Benjamin and throws him into the corner and charges in, leapfrogging over him and catching him with his legs, but Benjamin grabs him in mid-air and positions him on the top rope. Haas tags in and delivers a stiff kick to the stomach of Shelley and then takes over for Benjamin. Benjamin runs off the ropes while Haas holds him, but Aries grabs Benjamin by the leg and pulls him to the outside, meanwhile in the ring Shelley is able to execute a leg scissor takedown which sends Haas to the outside.
Both Aries and Shelley are in the ring and their opponents are on the outside at opposite ends. Aries runs off the ropes and leaps over the top rope with a corkscrew senton splash on Charlie Haas. Shelley runs off the ropes and leaps over the top rope with a summersault senton splash on Shelton Benjamin and Generation Next are in complete control as World’s Greatest Tag Team are in pain on the outside. Aries throws Haas into the ring and makes the cover but Haas kicks out. Aries lifts Haas to his feet and throws him into the ropes, but Haas holds on, Aries charges in and Haas sends him over the top rope and Aries lands on his feet. Aries then turns around and Haas delivers a right hand, Aries battles back with a right hand that knocks Haas backwards but at that moment Benjamin slides into the ring out of nowhere and charges at Aries connecting with a dropkick that sends him to the floor.
The referee admonishes Benjamin as Haas goes to the outside where Aries is holding onto his ribs and Haas delivers the boots to him on the outside before sliding him back into the ring. Haas covers but Aries kicks out. Haas makes the tag to Benjamin and then bends to one knee as Benjamin lifts up Aries and drops him on the knee of Charlie Haas. The referee forces Haas out of the ring as Benjamin covers, the referee turns around and starts the count but Aries kicks out at 2. Frustration begins to mount on the face of Shelton Benjamin, he lifts Aries to his feet and looks for a T-Bone Suplex, Aries tries to battle out of it with elbows and succeeds, he then turns and looks for a clothesline but Benjamin ducks and plants him with a T-Bone Suplex! Benjamin covers….1….2……SHELLEY INTERFERES, saving Aries.
The referee scolds Shelley as Benjamin keeps his cool this time in the center of the ring and he locks in the Minnesota Stretch on Austin Aries and he has nowhere to go.. However he refuses to surrender and so Benjamin breaks the hold and then locks him in the Mexican Surfboard instead. The referee checks to see if Aries wants to quit, but he refuses and manages to slide out of the Stretch into a pin cover, but Benjamin kicks out. Benjamin then quickly delivers a kick to the side of the head of Aries before he can mount any sort of offense. Benjamin drags him away from Shelley and makes the tag to his partner Charlie Haas.
Haas comes in and delivers a few boots to Austin Aries and throws him sternum first into the turnbuckle once again, Haas then delivers a dropkick to the back of Aries which drives his sternum into the turnbuckle once again. Haas gives Aries some space, which turns out to be a mistake as Aries comes back with a couple of elbows, Haas then charges at Aries who manages to low bridge Haas over the top rope to the floor, Haas Is down on the outside and Aries is down in the center of the ring and he begins the long crawl towards Alex Shelley. Benjamin runs into the ring to distract the referee as Aries makes the tag to Shelley and Alex Shelley enters the ring, Shelley makes a b-line for Haas but the referee cuts him off because he didn’t see the tag. Benjamin and Haas then pull Austin Aries back towards the center of the ring. Haas nails Aries with an atomic drop and then lifts him in the air as Shelton Benjamin runs off the ropes with a modified bulldog. Haas covers, but somehow Aries kicks out.
Benjamin gets the tag in and he targets the middle back area, just like Haas did with a kick to the back, he then throws Aries into the corner where Haas delivers a kick to the exact same area and the back of Aries is hurting big time. Aries stumbles out of the corner and Benjamin hooks him up and sends him flying with a Belly to Belly Suplex. Aries is still down as Benjamin grabs him by the legs, he knows that he has complete control, so he takes a second to rub it in Aries face by delivering a kick south of the border. Benjamin covers, but Aries kicks out. Benjamin begins to show some signs of frustration as he sets up Aries for a suplex, but Aries blocks it and delivers a knee to the stomach, breaking Benjamin’s hold. Aries then hooks up Benjamin and lifts him into the air, quickly connecting with a Brainbuster! Both men are down, and Aries looks to the corner as his partner Alex Shelley and makes the long crawl.
Shelley gets the tag and all hell breaks loose, he springboards into the ring taking Benjamin down with a dropkick. Shelley then takes out Haas with a right hand, knocking him to the outside and then throws Benjamin into the ropes, Benjamin reverses and Shelley slides underneath the leg of Benjamin before connecting with an Enziguri to the back of Aries head. Haas then charges at Shelley but he baits him in before dropping down as Haas flies over the top rope. Shelley then sees Benjamin on his feet and springboards off the second rope into a sunset flip and nearly pins Benjamin. Shelley has Benjamin rocking, and he grabs him and whirls around the corner with a Tornado DDT, dropping Benjamin face first. He covers but Benjamin manages to kick out. Benjamin is right by the rope and manages to tag in Charlie Haas.
Haas goes right at Shelley with clubbing forearms and then puts him down with a Back Suplex. Haas takes a moment to gloat before he runs off the ropes and Aries surprises him with a knee to the back. Haas takes a swing at Aries who ducks it and drops him neck first on the rope, as Haas shoots back, Shelley grabs him from behind and hits Sliced Bread #2! Shelley goes for the cover, but at the last possible moment Benjamin breaks up the count with a stiff kick to the face of Alex Shelley. All four men are exhausted, but Benjamin manages to reach down for enough energy to charge at Aries and knock him over the top rope to the floor and both of them are down on the outside. Meanwhile in the ring, both Shelley and Haas are exhausted, pulling themselves to their feet.
Haas grabs Shelley from behind and attempts a German Suplex, but Shelley somehow lands on his feet and connects with a dropkick sending Haas face first into the corner turnbuckle. Aries slides into the ring and lifts Haas to the top rope, Benjamin gets to his feet on the turnbuckle but Aries knocks him off and then signals to Shelley, Alex runs at Aries who shoots him into the air, Shelley’s grabs Haas with his legs and executes a perfect Hurricanrana from the top rope. Aries knocks down Benjamin as the referee makes the cover….1……2….
KICKOUT! CHARLIE HAAS KICKED OUT! Aries and Shelley can’t believe that Haas kicked out. All four men are in the ring now, Aries ducks a clothesline from Benjamin and then grabs him by the foot as Benjamin surprises him with a Dragon Whip, leaving Alex Shelley and Charlie Haas alone in the ring. Shelley throws Haas into the corner and he charges in but Haas gets his foot up, Haas then grabs Shelley and lifts him up for a Powerbomb, Benjamin appears on the ring apron and he slingshots into the ring, but at the last moment Shelley ducks and Benjamin misses the Doomsday Device! Shelley is then able to roll through it, both men get to their feet as Aries runs off the ropes. Haas misses a right hand and Shelley goes for a leg sweep, just as Aries connects with a Spinning Heel Kick, THE HIGH LOW! Shelley goes for the cover as Aries takes care of Benjamin….1….2….3! Aries and Shelley win.