Rock & Sock Connection
FIRST ROUND MATCH
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This week in first-round action, we have The Rock & Sock Connection (Mankind and The Rock) against Demolition (Smash and Crush, with Ax at ringside).
At the beginning, Mankind and Smash exchange blows. Mrs. Foley's Baby Boy can absorb a lot of punishment, but can he withstand the men whose middle names are Pain and Destruction?
Demolition get the upper hand early, as Mankind is having trouble exchanging lefts and rights with The Smasher. Smash quickly tags out to Crush, and the two facepainted freaks begin to double team Mankind.
After flipping The Hardcore Legend over in the corner, Smash and Crush double-team Foley repeatedly. From there, Crush launches Mankind to the ropes and tosses him on to the announce table below.
How much punishment will Mankind need to take before The Rock comes in to even the odds?
As it turns out.... not much more!
Mankind makes the hot tag to The Rock, who comes into the ring a house of fire, measuring both members of Demolition with powerful right hands.
With Crush weakened, The People's Champion sends Smash to the ropes for a series of shoulderblocks and eventually lifts the future Repo Man up for a Rock Bottom!
The crowd is on its feet here, as fans of The Rock & Sock Connection are beginning to smell what The Rock is cooking - a victory!
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With Smash prone on the ground, The Rock raises an eyebrow, runs from one side of the ring to the other, and drops the most electrifying move in sports entertainment -- The People's Elbow!
The Rock goes for a cover. One.... Two.... Crush runs into the ring and kicks The Great One right across The People's Skull! The count has been broken up.... but all hell has broken loose now! Both the Kona native and Mankind are in the ring illegally, trying to keep the momentum up for their respective teams.
There's pandemonium in the ring, and the imaginary referee is having a hard time breaking up the action between The Rock & Sock Connection and Demolition!
In one corner, Mankind knocks Crush down and applies The Mandible Claw to him! Meanwhile, The Rock plants Smash with a second Rock Bottom. The Rock & Sock Connection are clearly in charge of the melee at this point.
But wait! If we can direct your attention to the bottom right-hand side of the screen, you can see Ax, the third member of Demolition, jumping into the ring!
With the imaginary referee confused by all the studded leather and facepaint in the ring at one time, he completely misses that Demolition Ax has entered the ring and gone after The Rock!
With Mankind trying to fend off the attack of both Smash and Crush, the fresher Ax uses the opportunity to grab The Great One by the shoulders and toss him out of the ring! The Rock lands awkwardly on the concrete (in reality, my couch) and appears to be clutching his knee in pain.
The referee manages to ensure that only Crush and Smash are still in the ring, while Ax stands menacingly over The Rock at ringside. Can The Rock & Sock Connection overcome the numbers disadvantage?
With The Rock struggling to get back in the ring (and having his leg held by Ax, just out of camera shot apparently), Crush places Mankind in a backbreaker. Smash comes off the top rope as the team executes its patented Demolition Decapitation!
Crush goes for the cover. ONE.... TWO.... THREE! Demolition have pulled off a massive upset and will advance to the second round now!
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