TNM Christmas Rumble - Round 5.5 Results


Match #1

Good evening and welcome to the inaugural TNM Christmas Rumble where everybody but tomorrow's finalists will compete in a 20-Person Royal Rumble. Tonight some lingering scores may be settled and others feuds are sure to kick off.

Let's go to the backstage area where The Black Shuck is warming up for tonight.
They say every dog has its day....... Well, today is that day! I’m bringing the madness to Monday and winning this rumble will put me right where I deserve, within reach of a title shot!

When you hear the howl from between the mist you’ll realise it isn’t folklore, it’s fate!
The Masked Marvel is a man of few words - let's hear what he has to say.
For once, social distancing goes out the window! Attacks from the left, attacks from the right, but at the end, the Masked One will be standing tall!
There is only one ''Last Superstar''. His name is Christopher Tiberius and he is standing by with Jean Trollund.
I always say, there are two kinds of people in this world. There’s the common, every day person, the salt of the earth, blue collar guy, like all of you filthy casuals watching at home. And then there’s people like me, the Last Superstar, Christopher Tiberius.

Society used to understand this. There used to be the peasants and the aristocrats. Two separate classes, and the lower class knew better than to step out of place in the presence of their betters, because being at the top of something, whether it’s life or professional wrestling, isn’t something you EARN, it’s something you’re born with.

But now, we let everybody participate. Everybody who wants to play wrestler gets to play wrestler, and we all get trophies and a pat on the back. It’s been so long since you fans have seen the real deal that you’ve forgotten the way it used to be. The way it’s SUPPOSED TO BE.

Well, I’m here to remind you all of what a real superstar looks like. Remind you of how a real superstar wrestles. The top four advanced to the finals of the Christmas Brawl and what did I get? Fifth place. You know what that says to me? Somebody was jealous of Christopher Tiberius. Jealous enough to rig the game against me by sending me an opponent from an entirely different sport. Luna Rose, forgive me for stating the obvious, but Lucha Libre isn’t wrestling.

Did you beat me? Sure. But, I was Muhammed Ali, expecting a boxing match, and instead I got a sent into the sumo ring. As we say in Texas, fool me once, shame on you. But fool me twice, shame on me. I have your number now, Luna Rose, and I know your game. You better hope you never face me again, because Christopher Tiberius, the real superstar, the LAST SUPERSTAR, doesn’t take being cheated lightly.

And to prove just how serious I am, I’m going to win this whole battle royal. My advice to you is take notes, because it’s not going to be lucha libre. It’s going to be a lesson in the superiority…of the superstar!
Our colleague Michael Dropps is standing by backstage with the man they call ''Nicky D'', Nick Demola.
The greatest wrestler in the world, undone by a fluke on the very first night of this tournament, now gets to beat all of the pieces of s*** that couldn't measure up in one fell swoop. You can give me number one, you can give me number 101, it doesn't matter. I am going to be the only guy who doesn't end up as a crumpled heap on the cold concrete. The Man, The Myth, The Legend... and the GOD of this damn sport will ascend to the throne as the winner of the Royal Rumble. Strike up the band, Nick Demola is outta here!
Let's go backstage to George DeCraig, who is standing by with Basher Loadstone.
First off, congratulations to those who made the final four of the TNM Christmas Brawl. I know firsthand that Kenta Sawada is one tough customer.

Now let's get down to business! The Christmas Brawl Royal Rumble! You could go in first; you could go in last; or somewhere between. You don't know when until your name is called. Once you're in it you won't know who's coming next. One minute your helping a guy beat somebody up and then he turns on you. Even guys with a beef may work together until they stab each other in the back. It's every man for himself! I've wrestled alligators, masked dogs, pretty boys, leathernecks and jazz musicians. It doesn't matter who you are! If you are in the rumble, everything's on the table! It's going to be a free for all the likes even Ted Nugent ain't ever seen!
Basher Loadstone won a 20-person Royal Rumble:
x Ivanov and Tiberius started out.
x Ivanov defeated Tiberius after the Fall with Love in 0:01:37
x Tarot entered at 0:02:00
x Ivanov threw out Tarot in 0:02:54
x Luna Rose entered at 0:04:00
x Gorgeous Greg entered at 0:06:00
x Mo Kingweed entered at 0:08:00
x Hampton Doubleday entered at 0:10:00
x H. Doubleday defeated Greg after the Peasant Planter in 0:11:49
x Clint Tomasson entered at 0:12:00
x The Masked Marvel entered at 0:14:00
x Basher Loadstone entered at 0:16:00
x Tomasson threw out H. Doubleday in 0:17:50
x Tomasson defeated Ivanov after the Liger Bomb in 0:17:59
x Lee Campbell entered at 0:18:00
x John Lamb entered at 0:20:00
x Tomasson threw out Marvel in 0:20:33
x The Black Shuck entered at 0:22:00
x T.B.S threw out Tomasson in 0:23:56
x Nico Voight entered at 0:24:00
x The Bob entered at 0:26:00
x Lunarosa threw out The Bob in 0:27:58
x Ravenous entered at 0:28:00
x Bobby Goodwin entered at 0:30:00
x B. Goodwin threw out M. Kingweed after an overhead belly-to-belly suplex in 0:30:41
x B. Goodwin defeated Lunarosa after the Supernova DDT in 0:31:11
x Nick Demola entered at 0:32:00
x Jonny B. Gawdz entered at 0:34:00
x B. Goodwin defeated T.B.S after the Supernova DDT in 0:35:38
x JL Stinger entered at 0:36:00
x J. Lamb threw out N. Voight after a series of forearm smashes in 0:36:40
x B. Goodwin defeated Demola after the Supernova DDT in 0:41:09
x Loadstone threw out Ravenous after a short lariat in 0:43:55
x Loadstone threw out L. Campbell after a bridging back suplex in 0:45:04
x Loadstone threw out Stinger in 0:46:17
x Loadstone defeated JBG after the Flying Bulldog in 0:46:47
x Loadstone threw out J. Lamb in 0:47:55
x Loadstone defeated B. Goodwin after the Flying Bulldog in 0:48:46

Rating: *****

The TNM Christmas Rumble did not disappoint. As in most Rumbles, too much happened to mention everything - so we'll focus on the main points.

  • Vyacheslav Ivanov started out and made quick work of Christopher Tiberius and Tarot to the delight of the fans, dispatching of each within two minutes.
  • You should have seen the big smile on his face when Luna Rose of all people entered as #4, and boy was it on. These two have no love lost for each other.
  • Gorgeous Greg spoiled the party by going after Ivanov, giving Rose a bit of a break. Greg, Mo Kingweed, Hampton Doubleday and Clint Tomasson kept the two trans-European lovebirds apart until she managed to break free from Mo Kingweed and nail Ivanov with a roundhouse kick out of nowhere.
  • Rose and Doubleday formed a British partnership to beat the Russian down until The Masked Marvel joined the match as #9 and went after Rose while Doubleday failed to throw Ivanov over the top rope, causing him to sneer in frustration and turn his wrath on Clint Tomasson.
  • Tomasson was prepared, though, hitting a GTR on Doubleday. He was, however, not paying attention and ended up eating a running knee from Luna Rose into a German suplex from Mo Kingweed.
  • Kingweed wasn't happy with referee Tim White's counting speed and flung the official to the outside, causing Mike Chioda to temporarily take over officiating duties.
  • One of the coolest eliminations during the match happened when Hampton Doubleday tried to finally get rid of Clint Tomasson by throwing him over the top rope. Tomasson held on, threw his legs up and pulled Doubleday out of the ring, ending his Lordship's night.
  • Tomasson wasted no time and immediately hit a staggering Ivanov with a Liger Bomb, sending the Spider packing.
  • A few minutes later, the Masked Marvel almost managed to eliminate Tomasson with a beautiful Asai moonsault. Like Mo Kingweed before him, Marvel also took exception to Tim White's count and sent him right back outside. Seconds later, however, Tomasson hit the Marvel with a clothesline, sending him over the top rope and out of the match.
  • By this point, Tomasson, Lee Campbell and Basher Loadstone took turns trying to soften up Luna Rose but she fought back valiantly and even came close to eliminating Tomasson with a running power bomb. Entrant #13, The Black Shuck, finally got rid of Clint Tomasson with a high backdrop out of the ring and to the floor.
  • Shuck was about to move on to Luna Rose and hit her with his Folklore finisher but ''The Messiah'' Nico Voight entered as #14 and attacked Shuck to give Rose another reprieve.
  • Semi-finalist The Bob who entered as #15 was clearly still feeling the effects of his long and draining match against Kenta Sawada as he hardly played a role in the Rumble, being eliminated by Luna Rose via a backdrop before #16, Ravenous, could even enter the fray.
  • Bobby ''Pulsar'' Goodwin entered as #17 and absolutely ran wild, first eliminating Mo Kingweed with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex to the outside and following it up with hitting Luna Rose with his Supernova DDT en route to a one-two-three victory. Basher Loadstone had apparently tried to break up the pin but was too late. Is there perhaps a new alliance forming?
  • Clearly, Goodwin didn't appreciate this and he didn't like it any better when Loadstone saved The Black Shuck from having to submit to Goodwin's Texas Cloverleaf.
  • The Black Shuck and Bobby Goodwin beat each other from pillar to post while entrant #19, Jonny B. Gawdz, hung back in a corner and watched the carnage unfold. After a monstrous spear, Shuck tried to throw Goodwin out like yesterday's garbage but made the cardinal mistake of not watching him actually hit the floor. Goodwin had only hit the apron and climbed back into the ring, grabbed Shuck and hit him with a thunderous Supernova DDT for the elimination.
  • Goodwin went after Basher Loadstone next, probably to get even, but that didn't go too well for him, getting hit with a football tackle, DDT and belly-to-back superplex for his trouble while JL Stinger, the #20 entrant, played the thinking wrestler's game and took his time getting to the ring.
  • Meanwhile John Lamb eliminated Nico Voight and joined forces with JL Stinger to weaken Nick Demola with a beautiful belly-to-belly suplex/frog splash combination, among other things.
  • Poor Nick Demola was getting it from all sides and ended up in Jonny B. Gawd's sights. After Demola managed to avoid the Fu Manchu Stunner, the two kept brawling with each other for a few minutes.
  • After surviving an elimination attempt by Ravenous, Demola's night ended courtesy of a Supernova DDT - elimination number four for Bobby Goodwin. He looked to be well on the way to taking the overall win at this point, even managing to survive a long onslaught by Basher Loadstone.
  • Loadstone, who had entered tenth, decided to turn on beast mode at that point, eliminating Ravenous and Lee Campbell in short order.
  • JL Stinger stepped up to the plate next and found a lot of success against Loadstone, getting a two-count after a DDT, but eventually the Beast Mode Basher turned it up again and sent Stinger flying over the top rope with a clothesline for elimination number three.
  • Only 30 seconds later, it was Jonny B. Gawdz' time to go after Loadstone pinned him after the Flying Bulldog. The final three were set: Basher Loadstong, John Lamb and Bobby Goodwin.
  • John Lamb, who had looked very good throughout the match, was unceremoniously dumped after an elbowsmash a minute later for Basher's fifth elimination of the night.
  • At this point, it was down to Bobby Goodwin, who had elimiated four wrestlers, and Basher, who had eliminated five.
  • Basher Loadstone took control right away, hitting Goodwin with a belly-to-back superplex, a backdrop driver and a regular bulldog before playing to the crowd one last time and hitting the Flying Bulldog on Bobby Goodwin for the win in 48:46 minutes.