NXT Redux (October 5th, 2010): Jamie Says Goodbye While Aksana Shines

Five weeks of build, anticipation, heart break, and horror culminated last night in the very first elimination for season three of NXT. One poor girl would have her dreams shattered as she is sent packing back to Tampa. Also this week, the Aksana/Goludst angle heats up as an immigration officer rears his ugly head (literally… he has an ugly head) and threatens our favorite Lithuanian. The Rookie Divas try their best to master the art of faux bull riding and of course, a Diva talent show takes place.

Dun dun duuuuuuuuuuun!

This surely gets redundant but once again NXT (now exclusively on WWE.com) kicks off in grandiose fashion with Matt Striker announcing the rookie Divas. Naomi, Aksana, AJ, Jamie, Maxine, and Kaitlyn make their way onto the stage where the Pros (including Alicia Fox, Vickie Guerrero, Kelly Kelly, Brie Bella, and Nikki Bella) are already sitting. Striker teases the girls that this is the biggest night of their young careers. He explains how things are going to work tonight and then brings us into our first rookie challenge of the evening.

It’s a bull riding competition complete with mechanical bull.

Striker says that someone just has to demonstrate their strength and dexterity and hop on top of the bull. The rookie girls apparently need to be shown how it’s done. The Bella Twins end up volunteering and those weirdos out there with a twin fetish definitely get what they need to get them through the rest of the night. Brie and Nikki do a respectful job of demonstrating how to ride a fake bull. The rookie girls take their turns. The finishing order is as followed:

AJ: 9.6
Maxine: 9.8
Kaitlyn: 10.0
Jamie: 10.9
Naomi: 12.5
Aksana: 17.9

Aksana wins her first challenge and she celebrates in spectacular fashion. A much needed win for Aksana and as she basks in the glory of that win, Michael Cole and Josh Mathews let us know that she will be facing Maxine next. NXT cuts away very briefly but when it returns, Goldust and Aksana are waiting inside the ring. Goldust has the Million Dollar Championship with him and a video package of what went down on Raw between Goldie, Maryse, and Teddy is played.

Personally, I had forgotten anything other than Nexus/Cena existed. Thank you NXT!

Alicia and Maxine make their way to the ring next. Maxine is incredibly short compared to the long and lean Alicia Fox. That’s kind of hilarious. Maxine gets inside the ring and the pros take their rightful positions on the outside. The referee calls for the bell and the two rookie Divas begin to circle one another. Aksana goes on offense first by taking Maxine’s arm and working it over. The sassy brunette does a nice sell job and begins to elbow Aksana in the side of the head in an attempt to get her to let up. Aksana stumbles back and into the corner and Maxine follows her. She hits Aksana with a few nice shots but Aksana quickly reverses it and nails Maxine with a nice looking kick. She goes to follow it up in ugly fashion and then goes for a cover. Maxine is able to kick out and both women fight back to their feet. Aksana continues to dominate but Maxine is finally able to gain a bit of the advantage when she gets the blonde down on the mat via neck breaker. She goes for her own cover but Aksana manages to kick out of it.

Maxine ends up grounding Aksana with an unorthodox submission type of move. She places her leg across Aksana’s throat and wrenches on the arm. It’s pretty cool. Aksana eventually reverses it and floats over into a cover but Maxine kicks out. Both girls jump to their feet and Aksana nearly decapitates Maxine with a JBL-inspired Clothesline from Hell. She does it one more time before bouncing off the ropes and kicking poor Maxine in the head. Maxine is down and that gives Aksana ample opportunity to go for the cover. Luckily, Maxine is able to kick out but that doesn’t disturb Aksana. She’s right back to work and tosses Maxine into the corner. Maxine fights back with her own little bit of JBL-ness and Aksana is nearly destroyed. Maxine is fired but and goes for the cover BUT Aksana reverses it. She pins Maxine’s shoulders to the mat and picks up her very first victory on NXT. Maxine, as well as the rest of the world, are stunned.

Aksana celebrates her surprising victory with Goldust and NXT fades into the Raw Rebound. The entire episode of Raw (or so it seems is played) and when all the pointless garbage is finished, NXT returns with the final challenge of the night; a Diva talent show! Each girl has prepared a talent to entertain the WWE Universe with. Aksana is volunteered to go first. Striker asks her what her talent is Aksana very simply replies “push-ups.” What happens next is probably the sickest looking push-up (and sexiest) ever seen. Everyone is pretty surprised by Aksana’s talent and rightfully so. I bet half the men on the roster with the exception of John Morrison couldn’t pull off a push-up like that. Up second is Naomi and she busts out a pretty good rap. If the whole wrestling thing doesn’t really work out for her, then she at least has a back-up plan. After Naomi, AJ takes her turn and her talent is being flexible. There’s probably some kind of sexual remark I could make but I won’t. At least AJ jokes about trying to give Cole a personality before she begins. Jamie goes fourth and out of all the talents she could have picked, she selected turning men on as her talent. To prove that she could turn a man on, she grabbed Striker and kissed him. I’m seeing red right now.

After the shock of seeing Jamie make out with my favorite fantasy man, I moved on. Kaitlyn goes fifth and her talent is her artistic ability. She sets up her easel and begins to draw. Once she’s finished she reveals her picture to the Universe and it’s a not so flattering drawing of her pro, Vickie. Vickie isn’t really impressed and Kaitlyn cuts a promo saying that she’s gotten Vickie down pretty well on this canvas and come later on tonight she can’t wait to get Vickie down on this canvas (meaning the ring). Up last is our resident heel babe, Maxine. Maxine is holding a whipped cream pie and she begins to speak. She says that last week she had some drama with Hornswoggle and basically it’s been eating away at her inside. She really wants to apologize to him because she feels awful and she claims that she baked this pie just for him. Maxine calls the little creature out and sure enough, he begins to walk down to the ring. Oh joy. Maxine gets down on her knees and begins to taunt the thing with the pie. She rubs some on his face just to be hateful and we love her for it. Unfortunately, Hornswoggle ends up getting the last laugh because he slams that pie right in Maxine’s face. Poor girl. Pie in the face to go along with her almost broken neck. Definitely not her night.

Striker asks the crowd who the winner should be and it’s really no contest. Kaitlyn wins by a damn landslide and because of her victory, she’s now tied with AJ for the most challenge wins. In order to see which girl gets immunity tonight, Striker asks the crowd to break the tie. Once again Kaitlyn is determined the winner and because of that she can’t be eliminated tonight. Also, Kaitlyn’s match with Vickie is next.

Before the match, the cameras cut to the back where Goldust is standing with Aksana. The Golden One is basically molesting that poor championship belt again and pretty soon the popular NXT duo are interrupted by a hideous looking immigration officer. He tells Aksana she has four weeks to prove her citizenship or she will be deported back to her home country. Goldust comes to her defense, but the officer isn’t interested. He walks and Aksana is freaking out. She doesn’t want to go back home because she will end up getting beat with a shovel. Goldust plays hero and vows that together they will conquer Aksana’s immigration problem.

The Kaitlyn/Vickie match is up and they highlight the feud with a pretty decent video package. Dolph Ziggler’s theme music hits and Vickie walks to the ring with her Intercontinental Champion of a boyfriend. She’s looking pretty fabulous in her tight ring gear. Love it. Kaitlyn is out at next and the match is underway!

Well not really.

Despite the fact the bell has already sounded, Vickie tries to delay the match with stall tactics. She does jumping jacks. She does stretches. Kaitlyn isn’t impressed and she tries to attack her pro but the referee holds her back despite the fact this match is official. Kaitlyn’s pretty furious and finally she gets Vickie down with a drop toe hold. Vickie freaks out over Kaitlyn’s burst of offense and she begins to check her face. Vickie thinks she’s bleeding and backs up in the corner holding her lip. Kaitlyn goes to the corner to check things out but Vickie kicks her in the stomach and slaps her to the side. Kaitlyn is pretty angry and she slaps Vickie back. Vickie crumbles to the ground holding her face. It’s hilarious. Eventually, Vickie gets out of the ring and she begins to complain to Dolph on the outside. Kaitlyn reaches to try and pull Vickie back inside the ring but the evil Vickie jerks Kaitlyn out of the ring by her hair. Kaitlyn spills to the outside and Vickie starts to unleash all her pent up frustrations. She throws Kaitlyn into the guardrail a few times and then kicks her around the ring. Vickie finally tosses her rookie back inside and she follows her in. She begins to scream at Kaitlyn and slap her in the head. The crowd is trying to urge Kaitlyn on but right now Vickie is in control. She kicks Kaitlyn a few times, helps her up, and slams the blonde’s head into the turnbuckle…twice.

They struggle against the ropes and the referee has to break it up. Vickie briefly backs off but she throws Kaitlyn down neck first across the second rope. She starts to choke her using the ropes as leverage and her leg as the weapon and Kaitlyn is pretty dazed. Vickie tosses her to the side and starts to berate Dolph. She calls Kaitlyn a girl and calls herself a woman, and wonders why Dolph would want a girl instead of a woman. The IC Champ slams his hand down on the mat in frustration. He just wants Vickie to get this win so they can all move on. Vickie goes back on the attack and she lays Kaitlyn across the bottom rope. She stands on top of Kaitlyn and pulls up so that all her wait is directly across Kaitlyn’s throat and neck. Then she knocks Kaitlyn down to the mat. Vickie is really impressive. Vickie wants to follow it up with a suplex but she just can’t do it. She claims her back hurts and Kaitlyn seizes the opportunity to execute her own suplex. She quickly covers Vickie but the SmackDown consultant is able to get out of it.

Vickie holds her lower back in pain and scoots towards the ropes. She’s no longer in a good mood and it seems like Dolph is about to be the target of her verbal beatdown. She starts screaming at him after she moves out of Kaitlyn’s way. The Texas rookie goes flying back. Vickie continues to scream at her boyfriend and that distraction allows Kaitlyn to roll Vickie up and secure the victory. Oh boy. Dolph is stunned at what has just transpired and he slowly climbs into the ring. Kaitlyn is waiting to maul him and he does hug her back, but when Vickie turns around he pushes Kaitlyn off. This continues for a few seconds and finally a disgusted Vickie climbs from the ring and gingerly makes her way the ramp.

The elimination is next!

After a small break, Striker is with the girls at ringside. He says that Kaitlyn is the only girl safe tonight and that the pros and the fans have cast their votes. They don’t care enough to do an actual poll so the photos of the girls that were taken before the season began flash on the screen. After a few dramatic seconds, Jamie’s picture pops up and she is the first girl eliminated from season three of NXT. Kaitlyn hugs her and Striker gives her the microphone. Jamie thanks the fans and compliments them on being the best in the world. She thanks the Bellas and all the pros for their support. Jamie wishes all the other rookie girls good luck because they’ve been working for this just like she has and she bows out gracefully. Striker tells all of us to tune in next week and that concludes this episode of season three.

Tonight’s elimination was a surprise to me, but it was a pleasant surprise. I am not bothered by Jamie’s elimination. She was by far one of the worst Divas when it came to cutting promos, and she did nothing for me personally every time she stepped inside the ring. It sucks for Jamie because she was the rookie girl with the advantage. She had face time on television. The fans know her. She basically had a leg up on the competition but it amounted to nothing. She failed to get the fans behind her and when you’re the Keanu Reeves of NXT aka stiff and wooden, with no personality, that sort of thing happens. I wouldn’t feel to bad for Jamie. She’s probably going to go back to ring announcing. I feel like that is her niche in wrestling because she was good at it. I love the fact she was so classy on her way out the door. She didn’t run down the girls. She didn’t bash the fans. She remained posed and eloquent, and I really really respect that.

Moving on!

Lets run down the top five things that happened on NXT tonight. Coming in at number five tonight was AJ’s part during the talent show. I couldn’t care less that she was flexible or that cheesey porn music played in the background. What I care about is the fact that AJ got on that microphone and joked that her talent was going to be attempting to get Michael Cole a personality. That was epic and the look on his face was priceless. I love it when people annoy Michael Cole and if push comes to shove and Kaitlyn gets eliminated in the near future, I will be voting for AJ simply because Saint Michael of the Cole Mine does not approve.

At number four tonight we have Jamie’s elimination. What’s stated above doesn’t bare repeating but on a more serious note, at least we don’t have to listen to campaign speech like promos anymore.

Kaitlyn versus Vickie was pretty good. Their match is number three tonight. A personality and a greener than green rookie managing to put on a more entertaining match than anything shown on Raw or SmackDown in recent weeks has to tell you something about the state of WWE television. Vickie is a heat magnet. People are draw to her like a moth to a flame. That’s such a stupid analogy but nothing clever is coming to mind at this point. You get what I’m saying though. People love to hate Vickie and Kaitlyn is the clear beneficiary of that. She’s arguably the most over NXT rookie and she took one hell of a beating tonight. Vickie whipped Kaitlyn’s butt on the outside of the ring. It wasn’t pretty. It certainly wasn’t poetic. But it didn’t have to be. It told a story. Vickie Guerrero really doesn’t like Kaitlyn. She’s insanely jealous over the fact Kaitlyn and Dolph may or may not have a thing going on. I love it.

And speaking of love, I love the fact that no one got killed tonight. Maxine took one of the nastiest bumps I’ve ever seen in the ring and the fact she got up, walked it off, and continued on with the program just speaks volumes about her tenancity. We can sit here and pick these girls apart because they’re not trained wrestlers and some of them aren’t even athletes but they’re still getting in there and doing the best they can. Maxine is hardcore and I applaud her for going on as if everything was just business as usual. Maxine’s sick bump, as if you couldn’t already tell, is definitely the runner-up for highlight of the night.

After all that, you have got to be asking yourself ‘what ever could the highlight of the night be?’ Well, it’s real simple. It involves one golden superstar and his spunky little foreign dollface of a rookie. Once again, Aksana and Goldust made magic in the form of a backstage segment. Aksana’s storyline of facing deportation was actually followed up on and this time she was given the devastating news that she has exactly four weeks to get her Visa straightened out. Goldust marched to her defense but the horrible immigration officer just wasn’t having it. Aksana was left to ponder what life would be like once she returned to Lithuania and once again, terrible images of getting beat with a shovel danced in her head. Like a true knight and shining armor, Goldust vowed that they would defeat immigration together. Siiiigh.

That about wraps another stellar edition of NXT. I hope all of you have enjoyed reading this Redux as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Until nxt week (see what I did?), Cryssi out!

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  • Aksana

    woooo! I enjoyed this episode, Maxine is starting to grow on me. Her mic skills are top notch, and her wrestling seems to be improving. Hopefully after Jillian trains the FCW girls abit better, she’ll give a full report on each of them. I think Maxine could be huge if she gets abit more familiar in the ring. Same goes to Aksana!

    As to the talent show, I’d hardly call push ups, making a pie and kissing Matt Striker are talents. The Bellas really know how to create a slut, welldone girls.

    I’m also loving Kaitlyn, shes got alot going for her. Her match with Vickie was interesting… I’d love to see Vickie take to the ring abit more. But if she did, it would have to be limited.

    On all i’d give NXT a 4 tonight;D.

  • LaceyVonErichFan

    Best NXT episode yet. The right person went home in my opinion. Next should be Maxine then Aksana. I enjoyed the talent show contest, it was actually entertaining. Vickie is a nice wrestler for someone who has had no experience whats so ever. Kaitlyn is already better than half of the divas on NXT but i believe she should train a bit more on FCW because her being called up to the main roster that fast is bogus. I would wait at least until summer 2O11 to have her return. Now that Vickie vs. Kaitlyn is done maybe WWE can now concentrate on Naomi & AJ only so that the fans can get behind them.

  • ABC

    At first I didn’t notice the bump Maxine took because NXT3 kept freezing during their match, but that bump was pretty sick…Maxine is one tough little cookie to continue like that didn’t bother her

  • ashford st pierre

    Great write up Cryssi, I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed this episode of NXT. I have always been a fan of Maxine and she has the makings of a great heel. I loved how she pushed the wheel barrow over, any one that hurts Horneswoggle is a favourite of mine. I am a bit over the Kaitlyn and Vicki fued, I have a feeling this is going to continue even when NXT is over. Also, Kaitlyn needs to get a new outfit, I am sick of that waste coat ensable and ill fitting shorts.
    Loved Naomi’s rap, and her weave this week. I want to see her get some more ring time. AJ is annoying and Aksana is quite amusing. bless her. In my opinion the right Diva went.

  • Jack5326

    The hot mess that is NXT was pretty good tonight. I thought the bull-riding was pretty terrible but at least it got Aksana a nice reaction and thern her match with Maxine was pretty good too. I still haven’t seen the bump as the video freezes right on that point for me, but the match flowed quite well and the two had good chemistry.

    The Talent Show was another seemingly poor segment made entertaining. AJ’s joke was cool as were Aksana’s AMAZING push-ups; they even had my dad in awe, and he hates anything WWE or wrestling haha!

    Caitlin vs Vickie was what it was, more about entertainment that actual wrestling. I doubt it’s over between these two yet Vickie appears on SD! so I’d more of it on that so that AJ and especially Naomi can get more time on NXT.

    Jamie leaving was the right move too, but why the hell was Brie/Nikki laid on the floor after she got eliminated? LMAO. Did she like fall off the chair or something? Either way, the worst girl has gone. NXT can only get better now, right? :/

  • Billy James

    I’m really disappointed that Jamie was eliminated. (I know I’m in the minority) I just don’t understand why everyone hates Jamie. Everyone says she can’t wrestle, true she can’t wrestle like AJ or Naomi but Jamie is no worst than Kaitlyn or Aksana. Everyone also says that Jamie has no personality but she really does have one, WWE didn’t give her chance. I like her interact with Matt Striker and I thought that Jamie shown personality in the talent show. One of the important things about being a WWE Diva in my opinion is how you interact with the fans. Jamie is one of the nicest people you will ever and is not a stuck up like Michelle McCool.

    The big thing everyone has to remember which I came to terms with is that the WWE is doing now a style of wrestling for the WWE Divas which I think someone on Diva-Dirt coined as Diva Wrestling. The WWE is never going to train the women they hire to wrestling like the women in Shimmer, they are only train them to the WWE’s wrestling style. I think if Jamie trains for about six to eight months, she be ready to go. Jamie could come back using the nickname that Josh Matthews gave her; “Terminator” and be a total bad ass while in the ring and still be nice and sweet outside the ring.

  • LaceyVonErichFan

    @Billy James

    Kaitlyn is no where near worst , that girl can kick an ass when she needs to and she made vickie look decent last night. Also she has had no experience whats so ever and i believe she is already better than aksana, livana and jamie when it comes to wrestling.

  • melina prez

    good show, jamie thank god she left thats all

  • Alex

    i had to aksana’s pushups one more time

  • mojodoom

    Let’s be honest, wrestling wise there was nothing good about the Kaitlyn vs Vickie match. It was very slow and very basic yet the crowd ate it all up. It doesnt matter that the action was worst than the 30 sec match we saw from Natalya and Alicia. The crowd loved it. Shows how much the crowd reaction can influenced one’s opinion about a match. It also shows how the entertainment aspect of the business is really much more important than the wrestling part of it.

  • fanboy

    I liked the show… I actully voted for Aksana twice on wwe.com I really like her

    I noticed Aksana did almost 2 of Melina’s moves… that kicking snap mare and the kick on the side of the head… where Melina would split but Aksana didnt split…

    I really adore Kaitlyn…

    Liked Maxines attire.. Naomi looks prettier without the bangs…

    I liked Jamies outfit.. the denim look…

  • fanboy

    The bullriding things wasn’t hard to watch either… cause unlike what they did on RAW… the bull was spinning fast…. Liked Aksana holding on to it as hard as she can…

    And the talent portion was good too..

  • http://www.twitter.com/kaledrina_x Kaledrina

    does anybody have a video link to the aksana/goldust promo about her visa stuff, can’t seem to find it on youtube and it isn’t included in the above videos?

  • mah

    Nice they made it up for us….first of all Maxine is growing on me now,at first i didn’t like her but her mic skills are great and her match wasn’t bad at all
    Vickie is hilarious,her evil laugh is awesome she should work more matches
    Kaytlin is my favourite,that girl took my heart from the first sight..and her charisma is very notable..i know having Vickie by her side helped her alot but honestly i find her smart…she is able to keep it up with Vickie and shine with her not letting Vickie carry the whole thing..also she covers her lack of in ring experience by doing only moves she is good at…the spear,clothesline and the scoop slam on Vickie was nice too
    i think she needs only time and training then she will be a great Diva
    and for Jamie..i didnt think she will be eliminated first but she wasn’t going to win anyway and we will see her soon on the mic so no big deal it isn’t the end for her..i liked how she reacted to the elimination and AJ seems to be a very nice person by the way

  • xJonFer12494x


    i had the same question

    im really happy jamie was eliminated, i had a really bad feeling aksana was gonna leave
    :(, i luved viickies laugh during the match, and kaitlyn is def. wayyy over.

    still pissed that cole, and rest of cast still bash the girls every show. stupid sexist wwe D:, i mean just cause im a guy doesnt mean i bash the girls and hope for sluts(bellas), i respect and support the women, more than the guys cause they have it that much harder on them.

  • theregoeskitty

    i have yet to see the Aksana promo :(

    but the rest of the show was pretty good this week, accept Jamie’s weave

  • totallynecessary

    sad as it is that JAMIE is goin home…. it was funny when Striker called her NAME before her talent some guy in the audience was like BOOOOOOO!!!! really loud…LOL

  • xfrenchkiss

    Glad that Maxine taking that bump in the ring the way she did was mentioned. It was a very, very scary looking mood, probably just nearly as scary when Alicia took Mickie’s DDT during their PPV Match. I was actually surprised to not see Maxine hurt after that. I’m most proud of Aksana tonight, for shining the way she did in her match, backstage segment and both competitions. She did good. I think Kaitlyn’s character is good, though I disagree that she can “kick ass.” Sorry. She’s not terrible, but she certainly isn’t good either, I think she’s just on the same level as Aksana is. All around, good night. Sad to see a girl go home, but I do think it was the right choice. I did genuinely feel bad for Jamie after she found out she was eliminated, but I mean, I think her and a lot of the other girls and everyone else saw it coming. I don’t “hate” her, I barely know her, I’ve heard she’s great in real life, but I think she could use some polishing on her selling, that’s all. Well, all around good week for the NXT girls, the Vickie and Kaitlyn thing is beginning to bore me, I wanted their match to be way more…exciting. But it was very slow pace, but Kaitlyn is still green and Vickie is no professional, so that’s understandable, but it doesn’t stand out to me the way that Trish and Stephanie match did, I guess that’s sorta’ what I was hoping for…some type of feeling that these two just “hated” each other and wanted to kick the other’s but…but I didn’t get that. All of the girls stepped their game up, I think now it’s anyone’s game. Naomi, AJ weren’t fan favs last night (though, that could easily change next week, the crowds are in different locations and inconsistent), Aksana and Kaitlyn really shined and Maxine is also coming into her own.

  • http://www.twitter.com/kaledrina_x Kaledrina

    maxine’s mentioned on twitter about her neck and how it’s messed up/she heard it crack, etc. hope she’s okay to wrestle next week!

    now, back to trying to find the aksana promo lol

  • Matt

    Kaitlyn is going to win the whole thing. It’s the only acceptable and most reflective ending for/on the current women’s division.

  • http://Ask Traylon Noble

    I enjoyed the show and I figured Jamie would be eliminated because she was really bland plus the announcer stance whenever she held the mic was annoying lol. I still am in love with AJ but Aksana won me over with the push ups. Speaking of Aksana here is the Goldust-Aksana segment that was missing…IN HD.


  • Paulp27

    I was very entertainmented by those push-ups.

  • Pat

    Maxine is starting to really grow on me. She’s kinda the dark horse to take this competition in my opinion. I hope that in the coming weeks she’ll be able to have her breakout moment.

    Not to discredit Naomi and AJ, but I think they need to step it up. It’s probably not their fault, but I feel that they need to show us a little more. We know what they are capable of, but now we are witnessing the growth of Aksana and Maxine.

  • Aksana


    What, were you expecting a 5 star match? they’re both fairly new to wrestling. So i’d hardly call it a match. The match itself wasn’t amazing, but it was still interesting. Vickie sold her anger to the crowd really well. Kaitlyn did okay, with the little training shes had, shes better in the ring then Jamie, Maxine and Aksana.

  • mojodoom


    it’s rather obvious that you didn’t read my whole post. I didn’t say I was expecting anything more from them. I’m quite aware that they both have a very limited amout of training. I’m a Kaitlyn fan, was actually one of the few who was behind her from the start. Maybe you should reread my OP again…I was talking about how most of the time the entertainment aspect in pro wrestling weighs more than the actual wrestling aspect of it. That was an irrefutable evidence along with the Steph vs Trish match and countless Hogan matches.