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By Mike Johnson on 2012-09-16 19:30:00
Backstage, Teddy Long and Booker T were watching the monitors and said business just picked up.  Eve updated them and said that Kaitlyn was too hurt to compete.  Booker said he would make it right for her and give her a shot down the line.  Long noted that they needed to have a title shot Eve said  no one else had earned a shot.  Booker told her that she had and gave it to her.  Eve was very thankful and humble about the situation.  Long, having history with Eve, realized something was probably amiss but didn't speak his mind, looking concerned instead.

They pushed that they were partnering with the Susan G. Komen foundation to raise money for the battle against Breast Cancer.  For more, visit  The middle ring rope will be pink all this month in honor of breast cancer awareness month.

WWE United States champion Antonio Cesaro vs. Zack Ryder

Zack Ryder hit a flapjack early but Cesaro came back with a Stun Gun.   Cesaro locked in a rear chinlock.   Cesaro launched Ryder into the ropes and nailed a clothesline for a two count.

Cesaro hit several suplex combinations for near falls.   Cesaro drilled him with a big European uppercut after sending Ryder into the air.  He locked in a hanging neckbreaker.  Ryder slipped out and nailed a Facebuster, then drilled Cesaro with a back elbow.

Cesaro tried to kick off a charge but Ryder saw it coming and rolled him up for a two.  Ryder scored another two count after a missile dropkick.   Cesaro fired back with a shot to the mid-section but Ryder caught him with a hangman's neckbreaker for another two count

Cesaro ran Ryder into the buckles and ascended to the top.  Ryder cut him off and nailed a rana.  He called for the Broski Boot but Aksana pulled Cesaro away from the corner.  Ryder chased him back into the ring but was nailed with an uppercut and hit with the cradle piledriver for the pin.

Your winner and still champion, Antonio Cesaro!

Good match.

Backstage, Alberto Del Rio and David Otunga were talking strategy when Ricardo showed up without his neck brace.  He said his neck was feeling better and they reamed him out for not wearing the brace.  Basically the idea was that Ricardo was being bullied into pretending he was hurt worse than he was.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Randy Orton.

They locked up and Ziggler backed Orton into the corner.  They muscled each other around the ring trying to gain an advantage.  Ziggler shoulderblocked Orton and then ran the ropes but stopped when he saw Orton was preparing to nail him.

They locked up again and Orton grabbed a side headlock.  Ziggler shot him into the ropes but was shoulderblocked down.  Orton was leapfrogged by Ziggler but still caught him with a right hand.    Orton began using the Garvin Stomp and nailed a series of uppercuts.

Ziggler  dropped Orton throat-first into the ropes and nailed a dropkick for a two count, then used his boot to choke out Orton in the corner.  Orton kicked Orton and nailed a neckbreaker for a two count.

Ziggler beat down Orton with a series of punches and elbows across the back.  Orton fired back and caught Ziggler with a backbreaker.  Orton nailed a series of clotheslines and a snap powerslam.  Ziggler rolled to the outside, where Orton went for the hanging DDT.  Ziggler escaped and nailed a dropkick to the knee.  Ziggler went for the Famouser but Orton just caught him and slammed him down for a two count.

Orton placed Ziggler on the top rope and nailed him with a series of rights.  He set up for a superplex but Ziggler fired back with shots to the mid-section and shoved Orton into the ring.   Ziggler nailed a missile dropkick as dueling chants for Ziggler and Orton started in the crowd.

They battled back and forth with a series of shots.  Ziggler jumped over the ropes to the outside, snapping Orton throat first on the ropes for a two count.   Ziggler began stomping at Orton's bad shoulder and dropped a series of elbows across his chest.   Ziggler covered Orton, who kicked out at the last second.

Ziggler locked in a chinlock, using a bridge for more leverage.   Orton finally fired back (their facial expressions here were great) and finally nailed an back suplex to break the hold.   Ziggler drilled Orton with a back elbow as he advanced and leapt into a clothesline for a two count.

Orton mounted a comeback and nailed a dropkick.  Ziggler nailed a big DDT for a two count.  Ziggler went to the top but Orton shoved his legs out from under him, crotching him.  Orton drilled Ziggler with a series of right hands.  Orton went for a superplex and nailed it.  He covered Ziggler for a two count.

They battled back and forth, punching it out in the ring.  Orton nailed a headbutt and a series of uppercuts.   Ziggler came back with a series of elbows.  Ziggler ducked a clothesline and was nailed.  Ziggler caught Orton out of nowhere with the Famouser but Orton kicked out at the last second.

Orton tried to set up Ziggler for the hanging DDT but Ziggler dropped to the floor. They battled on the floor and Ziggler was sent into the guard rail.  Orton set up Ziggler for the hanging DDT off the guard rail, cursing at a cameraman to get out of the way (they silenced the audio).

Orton brought Ziggler back into the ring and covered him but Ziggler put his foot over the bottom rope.  Ziggler was out as Orton set up for the RKO.  Ziggler avoided it and rolled up Orton for a two count.  Ziggler went for the sleeper.  Orton shot Ziggler up and caught him with the RKO as he came down for the pin.

Your winner, Randy Orton!

Really good back and forth match.  Best thing on the show so far. WWE Diva champion Layla vs. Eve Torres

Layla rolled up Eve quick for a two count.  They faced off and locked up again.  Eve grabbed a headlock and used that for a takedown.   Layla turned it into a head scissors.  Eve escaped but was armdragged down.

Eve grabbed a top wristlock and they began exchanging holds back and forth.  Layla grabbed another headlock and was shot into the ropes.  She shoulderblocked down Eve then used a rolling pinfall combination for a two count.

Eve sent her into the ropes but still ate a dropkick.   Eve acted like she hurt her nose and Layla showed concern.  Eve said she was OK and offered her hand.  Layla took it and Eve kicked her in the gut and threw the champion to the floor.  Larry Zbyszko was smirking somewhere.

Eve worked over Layla on the floor, ramming her into the apron.  She rolled Layla back into the ring and began nailing her in the ribs.  Eve chokes Layla against the ropes and sunk in a choke. 

Layla scissored Eve's injured ribs with her legs, squeezing. Layla did a pretty good job selling the injury.  Eve used a figure four headscissor, then rolled Layla so she was facing the mat, then smashed her into the mat.  Eve was caught using the ropes for leverage and forced to break.

Layla reversed a neckbreaker attempt and nailed a DDT.  Layla dropkicked Eve in the face and nailed a kick before sending her spinning to the mat hairfirst.  Layla went for the double springboard kick but Eve ducked out of the way.

Eve nailed the neckbreaker and scored the pin.

Your winner and new Divas champion, Eve Torres!

As good of a Divas match as there has been on TV in a long time.


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