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By Mike Johnson on 2014-09-21 21:16:00
Backstage, Byron Saxton interviewed WWE Intercontinental champion Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth. Ziggler said he isn’t a movie star but has the best stunt double in the business (Truth) and that you can hardly tell them apart. That was sort of funny. He promised Miz would never work in this town again after mocking his acting stardom.

WWE United States champion Sheamus vs. Cesaro

They locked up but ended up in the ropes, forcing a clean break. Cesaro tried to out wrestle Sheamus but surprisingly, Sheamus countered and controlled the early action. They broke clean again and Cesaro slapped the champion. That fired up Sheamus who went after Cesaro. Cesaro was worked over but snapped the champion’s throat over the ropes.

Cesaro came off the ropes but Sheamus came back and mounted him with right hands. They ended up spilling over the top to the floor. Sheamus returned to the ring with a shoulderblock over the top for a two count. He went to the top but Cesaro pounced and nailed a big uppercut that sent him to the floor. Decent action so far.

Cesaro snapmared Sheamus over and cinched in a side chinlock, trying to wear the champion down. Cesaro turned it into a sleeper and Sheamus dropped to his knees. Cesaro worked him over but Sheamus nailed a belly to back suplex. Cesaro recovered first and went for a clothesline but missed. Sheamus nailed a series of his own and went for a move but was caught with a big clothesline as he rebounded off the ropes.

Sheamus nailed The Irish Curse for a two count, then drilled him with another backbreaker, only to see Cesaro kick out. Cesaro rolled outside to the apron but was caught and drilled across the chest with hard shots. Cesaro broke free and kicked Sheamus in the head. Cesaro went to the top but Sheamus cut him off and overpowered him, sending the Swiss Superman flipping forward into the ring for a two count. Good, physical bout.

Sheamus went for the the White Noise but Cesaro slipped out and nailed a big Uppercut. He called for the Neutralizer but Sheamus blocked it. Cesaro nailed a big kick to the head but was caught with an over the shoulder tiltowhirl backbreaker for another two count.

Sheamus psyched himself up and went for the Brogue Kick but missed and was rolled up for a two count. Cesaro nailed a Blue Thunder Bomb for a two count. Sheamus missed another Brogue Kick but was caught with a DVDR-like slam for another two count. Good stuff!

Cesaro began slapping the hell out of Sheamus but that only fired up the champion Cesaro nailed a series of kicks to the face and a right hands but Sheamus dared him to keep them coning, looking like a beast. Cesaro did but Sheamus hit an explosive Brogue Kick out of the corner and scored the pin.

Your winner and still WWE United States champion, Sheamus!

Really good physical back and forth fight. Cesaro lost nothing by losing here. Sheamus looked really good as well and you felt like both guys were fighting for something that was worth fighting for. Thumbs up.

Backstage, Mark Henry was pacing his locker room. Big Show showed up and asked him if he was ready. Henry said that you know he is. Show asked him if he knew what was on the line. Henry said the country was. Show said he’s got 318 million tag team partners tonight. He presented Henry with tights that featured the American flag and cut a good promo firing up Henry. Henry said that he was going to take out Rusev, because that’s “what I do!” Good segment.

Justin Gabriel interviewed country music stars Florida-Georgia Line. They are going to join the announcers on commentary. Cue all the jokes about guys being too “Southern.” They announced they were going to be part of Tribute to the Troops in December.

WWE Intercontinental champion Dolph Ziggler (with R-Truth) vs. The Miz (with Damien Mizdow)

The commentary was more about the music careers of Florida-Georgia line early on, so much that I was having flashbacks to Nitro with announcers talking about anything but what was going on in the ring.

There was some decent action early on, believe it or not. Miz took over and stomped on Ziggler. Miz locked in a side chinlock. Ziggler fought back but was whipped into the ropes where Miz drilled him with a knee to the mid-section that sent him up and over.

Miz continued to stomp away on Ziggler, controlling the match. Miz nailed a big right hand and scored a two count. He psyched himself up and began acting like a professional boxer, dancing around the ring as he nailed his strikes. Miz went for a right hand but Ziggler tagged him first. Miz cut him off and whipped him into the corner but Ziggler charged out with a nice clothesline.

They battled to the floor, where Miz was tossed into the guard rail. Miz was tossed into the ring but Mizdow nailed Ziggler on the floor. Truth went to help but Mizdow attacked him too. He began jawing with Florida-Georgia Line and they confronted him. Oh Lord. He told them to sit down and they shoved him on his ass. Truth chased Mizdow out of the Arena.

Ziggler nailed a big kick but Miz kicked out at two. Ziggler missed the Famouser so Miz locked in the figure four leglock. Ziggler was trapped in the center and almost pinned but pulled his shoulders up. He fought to turn the move and actually did a hell of a job trying to get to the ropes before finally doing so. Miz tried to capitalize but Ziggler kicked him off and scored a two count.

Ziggler called for Miz to get up. Mizdow returned and tried to interfered but was nailed off the apron. Miz rolled up Zigger and hooked the tights to get the pin.

Your winner and new WWE Intercontinental champion, The Miz!

The wrestling itself was fine but the focus on everything but the match and Damien Sandow again being treated like a joke really hurt this. I bet this was far better live than it came across on TV.

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