This weekâ€™s show comes from North Charleston, South Carolina and your announcers are Michael â€˜Spurrierâ€™ Cole and The Miz.
Michael Cole announces that CM Punk underwent surgery due to a knee injury that the WWE says occurred when Ryback put Punk through a table. They will have more later tonight.
It is time to talk about the champion versus champion match and Miz says that Antonio Cesaro has a chance to be one of the all time greats.
We go back to last week when Antonio Cesaro claimed to be the greatest champion in WWE history only to be interrupted by Kofi Kingston.
Josh Mathews is in the back with Kofi Kingston and he asks Kofi why he challenged Antonio Cesaro. Kofi says that people know him as the man who flies around the ring beating people with a smile on his face. When he beat the Miz to become the Intercontinental Champion, it unleashed something in him. A different side. Something intense. When Antonio came out last week and he said that he was the greatest champion, the intensity made him do it. Once in a while, a wildcat has to show his teeth and drop the boom. Tonight is on of those nights.
We take a look at what happened on Raw when Antonioâ€™s United States title was put on the line in a fatal four way match with R Truth, Kofi Kingston, and Wade Barrett.
We take a look at Antonio Cesaro with a video package.
We find out that Antonio Cesaro will face R Truth one more time for the United States title at TLC.
Antonio gets on the mic in the ring and he says that despite everyoneâ€™s best efforts, he is still the United States Champion. They put his title on the line on Monday hoping that he would lose. This is all that this country has come to. Empty hopes and dreams. Nobody wants to work hard any more. You would rather sit on your fat butts and let others do the work for them. He works hard and that is why he is our United States Champion.
He says that he does not hate the people, he pities them. He gladly welcomes the â€˜USAâ€™ chants because he has proven without a doubt that this is the United States of Antonio.
Before the match starts, Wade Barrett and R Truth join the two Michaels at the announce table.
Match Number One: Antonio Cesaro versus Kofi Kingston in a Champion versus Champion Non-Title Match
They lock up and Kofi with a waist lock but Cesaro works on the wrist. Kofi with a reversal and Cesaro with a waist lock take down and he rubs Kofiâ€™s face in the mat. Cesaro with a punch but Kofi with a back heel kick. Cesaro with a punch to the midsection followed by a hip toss but Kofi with a cartwheel and kicks to Cesaro. Cesaro with a punch to Kofi.
Cesaro with an Irish whip but Kofi moves out of the corner. Kofi leaps to the corner and he punches Cesaro and he flips to the mat and connects with a European uppercut but Antonio shows Kofi how to connect with a European uppercut. Cesaro with a side head lock take down. Kofi with forearms but Cesaro with a shoulder tackle. Kofi with leap frogs followed by a back elbow and Antonio goes to the floor.
Kofi hits a suicide dive onto Cesaro and Kofi stares at Wade and Barrett gets to his feet before sending Cesaro back into the ring. Kofi gets a near fall. Cesaro goes to the apron and Cesaro pulls Kofi to the apron and then he hits an arm wringer on the apron. Cesaro rolls back into the ring and Kofi punches Cesaro. Cesaro with a waist lock and then he applies a wrist lock on the injured left arm.
Cesaro with the dead lift side salto and he gets a near fall. Kofi with punches but Cesaro with an Irish whip. Kofi with a pendulum kick when Cesaro charges into the corner. Kofi goes for a springboard move but Cesaro catches Kofi and applies a Fujiwara arm bar. Kofi rolls through and gets a near fall. Cesaro with a double leg take down and we go to commercial.
We are back and Cesaro with a key lock on Kofiâ€™s injured arm. Cesaro pushes Kofi into the corner but Kofi with a kick and he tries for a cross body off the turnbuckles but Cesaro with a European uppercut for a near fall. Cesaro picks up Kofi and he traps the arm and punches Kofi in the ribs. Kofi counters a suplex attempt with a lateral press and a near fall.
Cesaro with another European uppercut. Kofi sends Cesaro to the apron but Kofi punches Cesaro and sends him back into the ring with a back body drop. Kofi with a series of chops followed by a drop kick and a Superman punch. Kofi sets up for and hits the Boom Drop. Kofi sets for Trouble in Paradise but Barrett comes into the ring and Kofi takes Barrett down.
Truth goes after Cesaro and then Truth and Kofi work over Barrett until Wade goes to the floor.
Truth gets on the mic and he says that it looks like everyone wants to bite. Kofi and Truth will bite back and he suggests that they have a tag match right now. Kofi likes the idea.
Match Number Two: Kofi Kingston and R Truth versus Antonio Cesaro and Wade Barrett
Barrett gets in the ring first for his team and he goes after Truth. They exchange punches and Truth clotheslines Barrett over the top rope to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Barrett with a shoulder tackle but Truth with a drop kick to Barrett. Truth works on the arm and he tags in Kofi. They hit a double Irish whip and Truth sends Kofi into the corner with a forearm and Kofi gets a near fall. Barrett with forearms and he tags in Cesaro who works on the arm.
Truth tags in and they hit a double hip toss and then Kofi with a kick to the head. Truth with the spinning leg drop for a near fall. Truth works on the arm and Kofi tags in. Kofi with a springboard forearm for a near fall. Kofi with a kick to the ribs while he works on the arm. Kofi with a front face lock and forearms but Cesaro runs Kofi into the corner and he tags Barrett in. Barrett with a snap mare and kick to the back. Barrett continues to work on the arm and gets a near fall.
Barrett slams the arm into the mat. Barrett applies an arm bar to weaken the injured arm. Barrett with a knee drop to the arm and Cesaro tags in. Cesaro with a kick and elbow drop for a near fall. Cesaro with a key lock on the left arm. Kofi with a monkey flip to Cesaro and Turth is tagged in. Truth with punches and then he blocks a kick. Truth with a clothesline or two. Truth with a kick and a suplex into a stunner for a near fall.
Cesaro rolls to the floor to stop Truthâ€™s offensive momentum. Truth goes to the floor and he tries to back away from Truth. Barrett misses a clothesline and Truth punches Barrett on the floor. Cesaro with a European uppercut on the floor and he gets a near fall. Barrett tags in and he kicks Truth in the ribs. Barrett with a front face lock and knees. Truth with a kick to Barrett but Barrett with a boot to the head and Barrett gets a near fall.
Barrett with a rear chin lock. Truth with punches but Barrett with a knee to the midsection to stop Truth. Barrett gets a near fall. We go to commercial.
We are back and Barrett with a boot that sends Truth off the apron and to the floor. Cesaro tags in and he throws Truth back into the ring. Cesaro stops Truth from making the tag and he applies a front face lock and he gets between Truth and his corner. Cesaro with a reverse chin lock.
Truth gets back to his feet but Cesaro stops him. Truth with a leg lariat and both men are down. Cesaro pulls Truth back towards his corner but Truth kicks Cesaro away. Barrett and Kofi tag in and Kofi with a springboard clothesline followed by chops and a drop kick. Kofi misses the Superman punch. Kofi counters the Blackpool Slam with a sunset flip and rollup for a near fall.
Kofi with a double jump cross body for a near fall. Barrett kicks Kofi and tags Cesaro back in. Kofi with punches followed by SOS for a near fall but Barrett breaks up the cover. Truth with a flapjack to Barrett. Kofi misses Trouble in Paradise. Cesaro sends Kofi into the corner and Truth makes the blind tag. Cesaro sets up for the Gotch Style Neutralizer on Kofi but Truth with a sunset flip but Cesaro does not go over. Kofi with Trouble in Paradise to Cesaro and Truth gets the three count.
Winners: Kofi Kingston and R Truth
After the match, a clean shaven Matt Striker interviews Kofi and Truth in the ring. He asks them about their matches at TLC. He asks Kofi for any comments. Kofi says that there is a storm coming for Wade Barrett and he cannot wait to bring the thunder. Matt asks Truth about his match against Antonio Cesaro. Truth says that the people donâ€™t want a chump for a champion, they want the Truth. He says that Antonio will get got.
Michael Cole mentions that CM Punk had to undergo surgery on his knee. What does that mean for the match between CM Punk and Ryback at TLC? We will find out.
We are back and we see the footage from the end of Raw in the Raw Rebound.
As a result of what happened, Vince McMahon has announced that due to CM Punkâ€™s surgery, he will not be able to wrestle at TLC. Ryback will get a title match against CM Punk. A new match has been announced. The Shield will face Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Ryback in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Match with the winner being determined by pinfall or submission.
Next week, Ryback will face Alberto Del Rio on Main Event.
We go to credits.
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