We are in Anaheim, California and your announcers are Michael âIn the land of Mickey Mouseâ Cole, Jerry âIs Total Divas the new O.C.â Lawler, and John âRing of Mouse Earsâ Layfield.
John Cena makes his way to the ring. He says that it is early on the west coast but everyone is rowdy. Cena says that he is disgusted at what happened during SummerSlam. Despite agreeing with the fans, the fans chant âCena Sucksâ. John says that when he was the champion, the next person to win the title would earn it and Daniel Bryan earned it at SummerSlam.
John thanks Daniel Bryan for bringing out the best in him. For reminding him that a WWE Superstar should not be judged on race, creed, or appearance. They should be judged by what they do in the ring. John says that they donât always see eye to eye, but they share the same passion in the ring. John says that is why he picked Daniel Bryan.
John says that people told him that he should not wrestle. John says that he has a torn tricep and he was told to have surgery and that the match at SummerSlam would be cancelled. John says that he is not using it as an excuse. He was beaten last night by a better man in a clean fight. Cena says that he wanted a clean fight and when he was in the training room, some yokel asked him if he saw Triple H hand the WWE Championship to Randy Orton.
John says that he was disgusted, offended, and disgraced. John says that he cannot hold off the surgery any longer. He says that he will be getting himself healthy over the next 4 to 6 months. John wants to bring out a man who has earned his respect. John says that he is a man who we can all agree has earned the right to be called champion. John brings out Daniel Bryan.
Daniel makes his way onto the stage and he walks to the ring without any flourish.
John hands Daniel the mic and he leaves the ring.
Daniel looks around and the crowd chants for him.
Before Daniel can say anything, Stephanie McMahonâs music plays and she makes her way to the ring. She tells Daniel that she is sorry. Last night, Daniel had a hard fought victory and he won the title clean in the middle of the ring and he deserved it. He did not deserve to have that victory snatched from him.
Her husband, Triple H, did what was best for business since he is the COO.
Daniel repeats the âBest for Businessâ line. It seems like some people disagree as to what is best for business. He expects that from Stephanie and her father, but Triple H was a rebel and renegade. He was the leader of Degeneration X. Now, he is wearing a suit, has a corporate hair cut. It must be true that when you lie down with trash, sooner or later, you start to stink.
Stephanie says that she knows why Daniel is upset and she will let it slide.
Daniel is excited that Stephanie will âlet it slideâ. He asks her if she will fire him. He will go back to wrestling in armories and selling t-shirts in the back of his car. Before he leaves, he is going to get his moneyâs worth. He doesnât care if it is her snake husband or Randy Orton, he will really really really really give her a reason to fire him.
Stephanie says that the anger management issues are messing with his mind. Stephanie says that they think that Daniel is very talented. He is the ultimate underdog and the fabric of the WWE. Stephanie says that the people donât understand business and they donât know who the face of the company should be. Daniel is maybe 5â 8â and 200 pounds. The WWE Universe clearly loves him and he has a place here. Daniel might not be an âAâ, but he is a âB+â . . . a solid B+.
Daniel says that Stephanie is reminding him of a word that starts with B. Daniel says that he knows that Stephanie is out here to rationalize her husbandâs behavior, but he does not have to accept it. Daniel says that he does not have to agree to being in the middle of the card. He knows that he can be WWE Champion and he doesnât care what she thinks.
Daniel takes the mic from Stephanie and throws it out of the ring. Stephanie gets another mic and she tells Daniel to calm down. She refuses to be intimidated by the likes of him. He is being unprofessional and uncouth. She wants security to come to the ring and she tells them to escort Daniel from the building. She tells Daniel he has no one to blame but himself.
Daniel leaves the ring and then he turns around at the top of the stage and he starts a No chant.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see photos from the Rhodes/Sandow match at SummerSlam.
Match Number One: Cody Rhodes versus Damien Sandow
Sandow with a series of knees but Rhodes sends Sandow to the mat. Sandow with shoulders in the corner but Rhodes punches back. Rhodes does to the turnbuckles and connects with an elbow to the back of the head and he gets a near fall. Rhodes with a gourdbuster. Sandow tries to send Cody into the ring post from the apron but Cody blocks it and he hits a springboard drop kick for a near fall.
Cody clotheslines Sandow over the top rope to the floor and he suplexes Sandow on the floor. Rhodes gets a near fall. Rhodes with a hammer lock using his leg for extra pressure. Sandow with punches but Cody holds on to the ropes. Cody with an elbow and Rhodes is sent to the floor by Sandow. Sandow goes to the floor and he connects with a clothesline to the back of the head.
They return to the ring and Sandow with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Sandow with a head butt and Rhodes rolls to the apron. Cody with a shoulder and he goes up top but Sandow with an arm wringer to send Cody to the mat and he gets a near fall. Sandow with a kick to the back and we go to commercial.
We are back and Sandow gets a near fall. Sandow with a reverse chin lock. Rhodes with punches to Sandow but Sandow with a knee to the midsection and he hits the side Russian Leg Sweep followed by the Elbow of Disdain and he connects and gets a near fall. Sandow with a front face lock and he kicks Rhodes in the head.
Sandow puts Rhodes on the turnbuckles and Rhodes with elbows to knock Sandow off the turnbuckles followed by a moonsault. Rhodes with a back body drop followed by two clotheslines. Rhodes with the drop down uppercut and a jackknife cover for a near fall. Sandow with a snap mare to counter Cross Rhodes. Sandow with an Edge-cution for a near fall.
Rhodes with a forearm to the back of the head followed by Beautiful Disaster but Sandow rolls to the apron. Sandow drops Rhodes on the top rope. Rhodes floats over into a sunset flip for the three count.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
Brad Maddox is in the interview area and after the events of last night, many individuals made comments about Triple H. Dolph Zigglerâs comments are put on the screen where he questions the actions of Triple H. Dolph Ziggler will be in a three on one match against The Shield.
Paul Heyman walks in the back and we go to commercial.
We are back and Paul Heyman is in the center of the ring. Paulâs arm is in a sling as he addresses the crowd. He says last night, CM Punk was defeated by BROCK LESNAR. Tonight, he is going to give everyone a lesson in life. Like any rebellious child, he needed to leave the nest to prove his self worth.
Paul says that CM Punk gave Brock all that Brock could handle. Where do we go from here. Paul says that he has the answer. Where we go from here, it is time to end this family feud. He has been more of a father figure to CM Punk than the man who sired him in Chicago. When big brother Brock knocked some sense into his head, Paul says that he realized it is not time for retribution or revenge. Paul says that he forgives Punk. He tells Punk to listen to him. When Punk apologizes to him, he will take Punk back.
Punk is better with him than without him. When reunited, they will achieve greater heights than they attained before. Paul says that he still loves Punk. He will guide Punk to the WWE Championship and the main event at Wrestlemania. Together, they will be the Best in the World.
Cameron and Naomi are stretching in the back and the Bellas wish them luck because they are representing their show. Cameron has to calm Naomi down as we go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Cameron and Naomi versus Layla El and AJ Lee
AJ and Layla attack Cameron and Naomi before the bell rings.
AJ kicks Naomi as the bell rings and she sends Naomi face first into the mat. AJ with a neck breaker followed by a cravate. Naomi with punches but AJ tries for a belly-to-back suplex. Naomi lands on her feet but AJ with a spinning back heel kick for a near fall. AJ with a reverse chin lock and Naomi goes down to a knee. AJ chokes Naomi in the ropes.
AJ sends Naomi into the turnbuckles and follows with a kick. AJ returns to the sleeper and she gets on Naomiâs back to add more pressure. Naomi almost makes it to her corner for the tag but AJ pulls Naomi back into the center of the ring.
Naomi with an enzuigiri and Layla tags in but she drop kicks Cameron off the apron. Naomi with a rollup for the three count.
Winners: Cameron and Naomi
Dolph Ziggler is walking in the back and he is in a good mood even though he is supposed to face The Shield.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look back at highlights from the opening segment with John Cenaâs elbow, Stephanie McMahonâs apology and grade for Daniel, and Daniel Bryanâs anger at what happened.
Match Number Three: Dolph Ziggler versus Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns
Ambrose starts off and he goes to a stalemate with Ziggler. They lock up and go to another stalemate. Ziggler with a waist lock take down and elbows. Ziggler with another waist lock and Rollins tags in. Ziggler punches Rollins and he gives Rollins a back body drop and he punches Rollins. Rollins with a punch to Ziggler and Reigns makes the tag and he connects with a clothesline from the apron. Reigns with punches. Reigns tosses Ziggler into the corner and Ambrose tags back in.
Ambrose with kicks to the head followed by a snap elbow drop for a near fall. Rollins tags back in and kicks Ziggler in the ribs. Ambrose tags in and he punches Ziggler while Rollins holds him. Ambrose with a series of crossfaces to the head and then he stomps on the abdomen. Ambrose with a rear chin lock while trapping the legs and then he rubs his forearm across the face. Ziggler bites Ambroseâs hand.
Ziggler with a sleeper but Ambrose returns fire but Ziggler with a jawbreaker and both men are down. Reigns tags in and he takes his time going across the ring and Ziggler with a drop kick followed by a neck breaker and a Fameasser. Ambrose goes after Ziggler but Ziggler sends him over the top rope to the floor. Ziggler with a DDT for a near fall. Ziggler with a knee to Rollins to stop a suplex and Ziggler suplexes Rollins over the top rope to the floor and Rollins holds his knee.
Ziggler charges into the corner and Reigns meets him with a spear for the three count.
Winners: Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose
After the match, Reigns, Rollins, and Ambrose set for the Cerberus Bomb and they hit it.
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