Your announcers are Booker T, Michael Cole, and Jerry Lawler.
Match Number One: World Title Match: Sheamus versus Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero)
Ziggler brings Vickie onto the apron and he says that tonight’s his night. Vickie kisses Dolph on the cheek and then Dolph turns around and almost gets Bryaned with a Brogue Kick but Ziggler avoids it and goes to the floor.
Ziggler yells at the referee and then he goes after Sheamus but he has second thoughts and goes to the floor. Ziggler with a waist lock but Sheamus with a standing switch. Ziggler with a switch of his own but Sheamus with an elbow and side head lock take down.
Sheamus with a shoulder tackle and side head lock take down. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle but Ziggler with a drop kick and front face lock. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle. Ziggler tries for a sleeper but Sheamus backs Ziggler onto the turnbuckles. Ziggler slaps Sheamus but Sheamus pushes Ziggler off the turnbuckles to the floor. Sheamus sends Ziggler into the apron.
Sheamus with the slingshot shoulder tackle for a near fall. Sheamus with an arm bar but Ziggler with a kick and punch. Ziggler with more punches and kicks. Sheamus with an Irish whip and Ziggler floats over. Ziggler with a punch from the apron and he goes up top but Sheamus catches him.
Ziggler escapes the power slam but does not avoid an elbow and clothesline from Sheamus. Ziggler goes to the apron and he wants to connect with the forearms across the chest but Ziggler fights him off. They fight on the apron on opposite sides of the turnbuckle and Ziggler pulls Sheamus’ arm into the ring post and Sheamus hits the steps before hitting the floor.
Ziggler with a leaping DDT and gets a near fall. Ziggler chokes Sheamus in the ropes. Ziggler kicks Sheamus in the corner and then he chokes him with his boot. Sheamus punches Ziggler and connects with a knee. Ziggler with a knee of his own and he gets a near fall. Ziggler works on the arm and turns it into a reverse chin lock and does a head stand.
Sheamus with punches to Ziggler and he gets Sheamus on his shoulders but Ziggler with knees to the head and he counters with a DDT and gets a near fall. Ziggler with kicks but Sheamus with punches. Ziggler with a drop kick for a near fall. Ziggler returns to the reverse chin lock.
Sheamus gets to his feet and he punches Ziggler and tries for a neck breaker but Ziggler sends Sheamus into the turnbuckles and he tries for a rollup with his hands on the ropes but the referee stops the count. Sheamus with a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler with a neck breaker for a near fall.
Ziggler returns to the reverse chin lock but Sheamus gets back to his feet. Ziggler with a kick but he runs into a double sledge from Sheamus. Sheamus with a shoulder into the corner but Ziggler avoids the running knee lift. Ziggler with a sleeper but Sheamus sends Ziggler to the apron.
Ziggler goes up top for a cross body but Sheamus catches him and tries for the uranage back breaker. Ziggler blocks it and tries for the sleeper again. Sheamus tries for the fireman’s carry slam and Ziggler escapes. Ziggler with a Fameasser for a near fall.
Ziggler with kicks to the chest but Sheamus with a kick to Ziggler and he tries to lift himself up to the turnbuckles and he does it. Sheamus takes too long on top and Ziggler leaps to the top and hits an X Factor but only gets a two count.
Ziggler is holding his knee after the near fall. Ziggler sets for the Zig Zag but Sheamus avoids it and Sheamus hits the uranage back breaker. Ziggler is on the apron and Sheamus with the forearms across the chest. Sheamus misses a short arm clothesline and then Ziggler applies a sleeper but Sheamus counters with White Noise.
Sheamus looks into the crowd and then he turns around to set up for the Brogue Kick. Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick and gets the three count.
Really good opening match. If you like wrestling matches where the wrestlers counter most of their opponent’s signature moves, this is the match for you. The crowd was strongly behind Ziggler (just like Jason predicted on the Smackdown Post Game Show). I thought this match was going to deliver and it definitely did. Ziggler gained almost as much in losing as he would have if he had become the new World Champion.
Vince McMahon is walking in the back and John Laurinaitis stops Vince and he apologizes for what happened on Monday. He says that Vince shouldn’t go out there since has a concussion. John says that he is looking out for Vince’s health. He wants to make sure that their business relationship gets closer after Show wins tonight. Vince enters his office and he signals for Johnny to stay outside.
Josh Mathews stops by and he wants to know about the pressure situation that Johnny is in. Johnny says that he steers this ship to success. He is not an ex-wannabe wrestler who wants to be an announcer who cannot even announce. Johnny says that he has a show to run tonight, tomorrow, and into the future.
Match Number Two: Tuxedo Match: Santino Marella versus Ricardo Rodriguez
Santino is wearing a powder blue tuxedo while Ricardo is in his traditional black tuxedo.
Santino offers his hand and then he plays with Ricardo’s tie. Santino shows off his tuxedo for the crowd and they like it. Ricardo does the same and the fans do not approve. Ricardo pushes Santino and Santino pushes back. Ricardo rips Santino’s pocket and Santino says that it is his only tuxedo. Santino responds in kind and then he rips Ricardo’s sleeve.
Ricardo rips the back of Santino’s jacket and then Santino punches Ricardo. Santino with an atomic drop and he rips the jacket. He hits a reverse atomic drop and he pulls off the jacket. It is time for the bullfight segment of the match as Santino plays the role of toreador. Ricardo goes to the floor.
Santino with a drop toe hold and the left shoe is history. Santino with another drop toe hold and the right shoe is gone. Santino sends Ricardo into the turnbuckles. Ricardo misses a charge into the corner and Ricardo’s shirt is gone. Ricardo with a jawbreaker but Santino with a split and hip toss. Santino pulls the Cobra out of his pocket.
Ricardo pulls the cobra off Santino’s arm. Ricardo removes the lower portion of Santino’s clothing with the left shoe going first followed by the pants. Santino has a cobra on his foot. Santino kips up and kicks Ricardo with the cobra on his foot and the pants come off to reveal underwear with Alberto’s face on it.
Winner: Santino Marella
Coming off a solid opener, this did not continue the quality of in ring work. As a comedy match, this was okay but it killed the crowd.
CM Punk is in the back with an I Dig Crazy Chicks shirt. Matt Striker asks Punk about the deal with him and AJ. Punk says that there is no relationship. He says that AJ is crazy and he digs crazy chicks. This match is not about AJ and how crazy she is. The match is about the title. Punk says that he is more prepared than he ever has. He is facing a technician in the ring and a monster.
Punk turns around and sees AJ. AJ says that she wants to wish Punk luck and she kisses him on the cheek. Punk thanks AJ and says that luck is for losers.
Matt holds the mic for AJ and she gives him a look and Matt knows to leave.
Match Number Three: Intercontinental Title Match: Christian versus Cody Rhodes
They lock up and Cody with a side head lock. Cody with a shoulder tackle. Cody with a kick and punch followed by more kicks to Christian. Christian with shoulder tackles and Cody backs into the corner. Cody pushes Christian and Christian punches Cody. Cody goes to the apron and Cody with a shoulder. Cody tries to suplex Christian to the floor but Christian with a punch and then he slides between Cody’s legs and pulls him off the apron.
Christian with a baseball slide and then Cody avoids Christian on the apron and Cody trips Christian. Cody drops Christian’s arm on the top rope and gets a near fall. Cody with knees to the arm and elbow and then he stomps on the elbow and gets a near fall. Cody with a key lock but Christian with punches.
Christian with an Irish whip but Cody avoids Christian when Christian charges into the corner. Christian trips Cody and appears to prepare to pull Cody into the ring post but Christian takes too long and Cody pulls Christian into the ring post.
Cody with a knee to the midsection and Cody with a gourdbuster for a near fall. Cody puts Christian’s arm in the ropes and then he punches and kicks the champion. Cody with a snap mare and then he works on the arm with a submission.
Cody punches Christian and then he puts Christian on the turnbuckles. Cody sets for a superplex but Christian knocks Cody to the mat. Cody avoids a tornado DDT by pushing Christian off the turnbuckles and he lands on the apron and the floor. Christian sends Cody into the ring steps.
Christian comes off the ring steps for a tornado DDT on the floor. They return to the ring before the referee’s count gets to ten. Christian with a punch followed by a running forearm. Christian with a missile drop kick off the middle turnbuckle for a two count. Cody misses a short arm clothesline.
Christian with a drop toe hold but Cody gets out of the ropes when Christian tries for the slingshot uppercut. Christian drops Cody on the top rope and Christian goes up for a cross body but Cody rolls through and gets a near fall. Christian goes to the turnbuckles again but Cody pulls Christian off the turnbuckles. Cody goes to the turnbuckles and plays to the crowd, giving Christian time to recover.
Christian with a super rana but Cody kicks out at two. Cody with punches and an arm wringer. Cody gets a near fall. Christian tries for the Killswitch but Cody stops him and then hits the kick to the midsection and hits the Alabama Slam but Christian kicks out at two.
Cody tries for the Killswitch but Christian counters with an inverted DDT. Christian waits for Cody to get to his feet for the spear and Cody runs to the floor. Christian follows after Cody. Christian with a back heel kick and tries for a sunset flip but Cody drops down for a near fall.
Christian with a Killswitch but Cody kicks out at two. Christian goes up top for the frog splash but Cody climbs the turnbuckles. Cody is knocked off the turnbuckles and Christian tries for the frog splash but he lands on Cody’s knees. Cody misses the Beautiful Disaster. Christian misses the Killswitch. Cody misses the Beautiful Disaster again. Christian hits the spear for the three count.
I was expecting good things from this match and the final minute of the match pushed it past my expectations. Just like with the openers, if you are a fan of wrestlers who counter their opponents, you should enjoy this match. There were a number of times when I thought Cody was going to win. I wouldn’t mind seeing another match between them if they don’t try to move Cody up to the World Title.
Match Number Four: Number One Contender Tag Match: The Usos versus Epico and Primo versus Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel versus Titus O’Neil and Darren Young
Jey and Titus start things off. Titus with a kick and slam and then he tags Darren in and Titus tries for a gourdbuster onto Jey but Darren misses. Jey with chops and Jimmy tags in. Jimmy with a chop to Darren for a near fall. Jimmy sends Darren into the corner and Jey tags back in and hits a running forearm into the corner. Jey with an uppercut and Epico tags in but Jey with a back elbow for a near fall. Jimmy tags back in and they hit a double back elbow and double elbow drop.
Jimmy with a Bubba Bomb and Gabriel tags in. Gabriel misses a few kicks and then Jimmy with the worm and Justin with a cartwheel. They have a standoff. Gabriel with a side head lock take down but Jimmy with a side head lock. Jey tags in and they hit an alley oop Samoan drop. Jimmy knocks Epico and Primo off the apron but Titus tags himself in and gets a near fall on Gabriel.
Titus with a pump handle slam and he tags Darren back in. The hit the gourdbuster on Gabriel this time and Darren gets a near fall. Darren drops Justin on the top rope and gets a near fall. Darren with a reverse chin lock. Justin with elbows but Darren with a knee. Justin escapes a belly-to-back suplex and he hits a back heel kick. Epico tags in and he kicks Gabriel in the corner. Primo tags in and he kicks Justin. Epico with a drop kick and he applies a reverse chin lock. Epico with a belly-to-back suplex and then he holds on and hits two more. Epico gets a near fall.
Epico punches Gabriel and he kicks him before tagging Primo back in. Primo with a kick and leg sweep followed by a leg drop for a near fall. Primo with a snap mare and kick to the back. Primo with a slam and then he tries for a springboard senton but Gabriel moves.
Kidd tags in and he hits a springboard drop kick and then he kicks the leg. Kidd with a series of kicks followed by a drop kick to the head for a near fall. Kidd with a slingshot leg drop onto the apron and then he goes up top for a blockbuster but Epico breaks up the cover. Epico takes care of the Usos. Gabriel with a cross body to Epico. Kidd tries for a springboard elbow drop but he lands on the knees.
Primo with a lungblower to Kidd but Ttius breaks up the cover. The Usos with a double super kick to Titus and then they hit a double dive to the floor. Young tags in and Kidd with a kick to Primo and Young.
Kidd with a super rana of Primo onto everyone on the floor. Young rolls into the ring and Washington throws Primo into the ring since he is the legal man. Young with a gutbuster from a fireman’s carry position for the three count.
Winners: DarrenYoung and Titus O’Neil
After the match, Abraham Washington celebrates with Young and O’Neil. Epico wants to know what is going on. Epico claims that Washington screwed them. Washington tries to explain his case but Epico punches Washington. O’Neil and Young attack Epico and Primo from behind.
I thought this was a good match that showcased the secondary tag teams in the company who have been given time on Superstars and NXT. It made sense to have Washington screw over Epico and Primo since they lost their rematch. I was worried that they weren’t going to use Tyson Kidd in the match, but in the time he was in there, he proved a lot of what I have been saying on audios about NXT and Superstars. Titus and Darren have improved a lot during their time on NXT.
We have a commercial for Money in the Bank featuring Alberto Del Rio.
It is time to recap what happened between Triple H and Brock Lesnar in case you forgot.
Triple H makes his way to the ring to address the Lesnar lawsuit.
Hunter says that he has spent over half of his life in this ring standing between these ropes. He says that he did it because for the most part, it was the only thing he wanted to do. It was also because he didn’t want to get a real job. Now, here he is with a real job. For all of the right reasons, a corporate jobs. In that corporate job for the last five weeks since Paul Heyman brought two lawsuits against the WWE.
He has had to deal with legal mumbo jumbo, depositions, and lawsuits. He is not a corporate guy. He is a fighter. Hunter says that he has an idea but it only matters if it is a good idea to one guy.
Paul Heyman said Brock Lesnar wants to fight. Lesnar says that he is not a superstar or an entertainer. He probably isn’t lawyer. Hunter says that he is a fighter and an ass kicker.
The last time he saw Brock Lesnar in a ring, Lesnar jumped him from behind and broke his arm. Hunter says that the arm is feeling a lot better. By his estimations, it should be 100% in a few weeks. Then he will be in fighting shape.
Hunter says that they put this crap behind them and get rid of the lawyer, lawsuits, and junk. It is about him and Brock Lesnar and doing what they do. They are fighters. Hunter says that he wants to fight Lesnar. He wants to fight Brock bad.
Hunter suggests that they meet at SummerSlam. It is not about anything else. He suggests that they do this. He wants to fight Brock.
Hunter says that Brock can be happy as a quitter. Hunter says that he will be waiting.
Daniel Bryan is getting ready in the back and AJ is watching him. He wants to know what she wants.
AJ says that they have been through a lot.
Daniel says that this is not the time.
AJ says that she knows that he has a match to get ready for but she wants to tell Daniel that even after everything that they have been through, there is a part of her that is not over Daniel yet. She says that she wants to tell Daniel that and wish him good luck. She kisses Daniel on the cheek and leaves.
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