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COMPLETE WWE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN COVERAGE: US TITLE CAGE MATCH, LESNAR VERSUS SHOW, WHEN IS ONE CHOKE SLAM GREATER THAN THREE?, 25 YEARS OF JERICHO, SIX DIVA TAG MATCH, AND MORE

By Richard Trionfo on 2015-10-03 22:15:59
Welcome to PWInsider.com’s live coverage of the WWE Network Special from Madison Square Garden.

Your announcers are John Layfield, Rich Brennan, and Byron Saxton.

Match Number One: Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler versus Sheamus and Rusev (with Summer Rae)

Orton and Ziggler argue about who is going to start the match but it is going to be Orton and Sheamus who start the match. They lock up and Sheamus with forearms and punches followed by kicks. The referee warns Sheamus. Sheamus with an Irish whip but Orton with a clothesline out of the corner. Orton punches Sheamus and climbs the turnbuckles to punch Sheamus. Sheamus with a reverse atomic drop and Orton with a drop kick for a near fall.

Rusev tags in and Orton does not want to tag in Ziggler. They lock up and Rusev backs Orton into the corner and punches Orton as Summer approves. Orton with a thumb to the eye and Ziggler tags in and he hits a drop kick. Ziggler with a Stinger Splash into the corner followed by a neck breaker. Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Ziggler misses a Fameasser and Sheamus distracts Ziggler and that allows Rusev to catch Ziggler and hit a uranage for a near fall.

Sheamus tags in and he gives Ziggler a suplex throw and applies a reverse chin lock. Ziggler with punches and Sheamus pushes Ziggler away with a drop kick. Rusev tags in and he kicks Ziggler and hits a diving head butt for a near fall. Rusev with a nerve hold. Ziggler gets to his feet and he punches Rusev. Rusev catches Ziggler on a drop kick attempt and he catapults Ziggler into the turnbuckles and slams Ziggler.

Rusev stands on the arm as he tags in Sheamus. Sheamus has something to say to Orton before focusing on Ziggler. Sheamus stops Ziggler from making the tag and he slams Ziggler and kicks him. Sheamus with a knee drop and he tags in Rusev. Rusev with a punch to Ziggler and he says something to Ziggler. Ziggler punches Rusev but Rusev keeps Ziggler from making the tag and Rusev hot shots Ziggler into the turnbuckles and slams Ziggler.

Sheamus tags in and he walks across Ziggler’s chest and Sheamus tries to slam Ziggler but Ziggler gets to his feet and he slams Sheamus. Rusev is tagged in and Ziggler escapes another slam and slams Rusev. Both men are down. Orton and Sheamus tag in and Orton with two clotheslines. Orton ducks a clothesline and hits a power slam. Orton has Sheamus on the apron and he hits the IEDDT.

Orton looks around and twists to the mat to set for the RKO. Rusev tries to interfere but Orton sends him to the apron. Ziggler with a super kick. Sheamus with a double sledge to Orton and then to Ziggler to knock him to the floor. Sheamus sets for the Brogue Kick but Orton moves and Ziggler with a super kick and Orton with an RKO for the three count.

Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton

After the match, Rusev gets on the mic and he calls Sheamus a stupid non-American. He says that Sheamus ruined this entire match. Rusev says he could have beaten them by himself. He says that Sheamus is more useless than Lana. He is more useless than the people in the arena. He tells Sheamus to pack his suitcase and leave.

Sheamus goes to the apron and then he returns to the ring while Rusev starts to talk about the cold fish Lana.

Sheamus with a Brogue Kick and then he takes the briefcase and the mic.

Sheamus stands over Rusev and he tells Rusev to kiss his arse and then he leaves the ring.

We have the video package that opened Smackdown recapping the WWE Human Resources Study on Kane’s competence to be the Director of Operations.

Renee Young is in the back with Director of Operations Kane. She asks him about his leg.

Kane says his leg feels really good. It is hard to get around on his crutches, but it is a way for personal growth.

Renee asks why is Kane here tonight.

Kane says he is here for SETH ROLLINS . . . who has the opportunity to win the United States title back from John Cena. No injury is going to keep him from watching that happen. He says that Seth is a little nervous when he saw him. Kane says that if he saw the demon in Madison Square Garden, he will come running . . . or hobbling to tell Seth.

Match Number Two: Stardust versus Neville

They lock up and Stardust with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Stardust with a cartwheel. Stardust wants people to stop their ‘Cody’ chants. Stardust with a waist lock and Neville with a standing switch. Stardust with a take down but Neville kicks Stardust away. Neville with a back leg sweep and a cartwheel. Neville with a kick.

Stardust with an Irish whip and he floats over and flips across the ring and hits a cross body. Neville with a rana but Stardust sends Neville to the apron. Stardust with a springboard enzuigiri that knocks Neville down on the apron. Stardust kicks Neville and starts to work on the leg.

Stardust grabs the cape but Neville with a rollup. Stardust with a clothesline for a near fall. Stardust with another near fall. Stardust with a cravate. Neville with a forearm but Stardust sends Neville to the mat with a pull of the hair. Stardust with a boot to the chest and he punches Neville. Stardust with a kick to Neville followed by a chin lock. Neville with forearms but Stardust with a forearm of his own. Stardust takes off the glove and slaps Neville.

Neville with elbows and a jaw breaker. Stardust with a kick from the corner and then Stardust pulls Neville towards the corner but he takes too long and Neville is able to use his legs to pull Stardust into the post. Stardust gets back into the ring and Neville ducks Beautiful Disaster. Neville with a series of kicks and a running boot to the temple. Stardust goes to the floor and Neville goes to the apron and he kicks Stardust.

Neville with an Asai Moonsault. Neville sends Stardust back into the ring and Neville goes up top for the Red Arrow but Stardust gets back to his feet. Neville gets back into the ring and Stardust avoids a round kick and hits a Side Effect for a near fall. Stardust grabs Neville’s cape again and puts it on and he does a lap around the ring. Stardust goes to the apron and then he goes up top but he comes off into a punch from Neville.

Neville with a super kick and Stardust goes down. Neville pulls Stardust into position and then he goes up top for the Red Arrow and he hits it and gets the three count.

Winner: Neville

Renee Young is in the back with Paul Heyman.

Paul takes over and he introduces himself and he says that on behalf of the home grown New Yorkers, he wants to welcome everyone to the World’s Most Famous Arena . . . Madison Square Garden. If you can catch your breath walking in here, you don’t belong here. This place is special. Paul says he is shocked that a seven foot tall 450 pound tall blivet is able to walk into the Garden like the Boston Celtics. Paul says his home team will not be on defense. His home team will be a beast and he will be on offense.

Paul says Madison Square Garden becomes City Hall to Suplex City. Big Show, you had a wonderful time leading up to this match. Eat, Sleep, Conquer, Repeat thanks to the night mayor of Suplex City. Thanks to Brock Lesnar.

Match Number Three: Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, and Alicia Fox versus Paige, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte

Alicia and Becky start things off and they lock up. Alicia with an arm drag. They lock up again and Becky with an arm drag. Becky avoids a clothesline and hits a drop kick. Paige wants to be tagged in and Becky with a slam followed by snap leg drops. Paige makes the blind tag after Becky hits a twisting leg drop. Paige kicks Alicia and sends her into the turnbuckles. Paige with a running knee into the corner. Paige with more knees in the corner and the referee warns her. Paige with a thrust kick for a near fall.

Alicia slaps Paige and Paige tags Becky back in. Becky with a European uppercut and Alicia sends Becky into the turnbuckles. Brie tags in and kicks Becky. Becky blocks a kick and Becky with an exploder suplex. Brie goes to the floor and Becky follows. Alicia tries to run interference but Becky knocks her down. Nikki makes the tag and she hits Becky from behind with a double sledge. Nikki runs Becky into the turnbuckles and connects with shoulders.

Alicia tags in and they hit a double suplex for a near fall. Alicia with a surfboard on Becky. Brie tags in and Alicia Irish whips Becky into Brie for a clothesline and Brie gets a near fall. Brie with a forearm to the chest followed by a chin lock. Becky with a punch but Brie with a knee. Brie sends Becky into the ropes and sets for the Brie Mode running knee and connects. Brie with a near fall. Nikki tags back in and Brie with a snap mare and Nikki knocks Charlotte off the apron.

Becky with a rollup for a near fall. Charlotte tags in and she chops Nikki. Charlotte with a neck breaker and spear. Charlotte sets for the figure four leg lock and Paige tags in even though she is ten feet from the tag rope. Charlotte argues with Paige. Nikki with a forearm and Nikki tags in Brie.

Brie gets a near fall. Alicia tags in and she sends Paige into the turnbuckles and Alicia with a Northern Lights Suplex for a near fall. Alicia with a reverse chin lock. Nikki tags in and connects with a forearm and gets a near fall. Nikki with a rear chin lock into a reverse chin lock. Paige with a clothesline and she crawls to the corner and Becky and Charlotte do the smart thing and both leave the apron for Paige to fight on her won.

Nikki with Shock Treatment to Paige for the three count.

Winners: Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, and Alicia Fox

After the match, Paige gets on the mic and she says she cannot believe that her teammates would do that to her. She cannot believe that they would leave her high and dry. They are best friends. Paige says she would never ever do anything to her teammates like that. Paige says that she doesn’t know if she can forgive Charlotte and Becky.

We take a look at the end of Raw with Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt followed by the announcement of a Hell in a Cell match between them in a little more than 3 weeks.

Chris Jericho gets on the mic and he welcomes everyone to Madison Square Garden is Jericho. Chris says this is a special night because it is the 25th anniversary of Chris Jericho in this business. October 3, 1990 in Alberta Canada in the Moose hall in front of about 50 people against Lance Storm. We see Lance in the crowd next to Jon Stewart. He mentions they did a ten minute broadway. He went from that to Madison Square Garden. It makes so much sense for this to be full circle. Chris says he remembers seeing his dad Ted Irvine playing with the New York Rangers. Now here he is in front of some of his best friends in the business. He points out Lenny St. Claire, Dr. Luther, Don Callis, and Lance Storm as well as the Jerichoholics in New York City.

Chris mentions that he can become the Intercontinental Champion for the tenth time. Regardless of what happens, he is going to have a great time with the Jerichoholics. After tonight, you will never eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeever be the same AGAYNE.

Match Number Four: Intercontinental Title Match: Kevin Owens versus Chris Jericho

Owens punches Jericho and connects with forearms in the corner. Owens with another punch but Jericho with a drop kick. Owens goes to the apron and Jericho with a springboard drop kick that sends Owens to the floor. Jericho goes to the floor and he connects with a forearm and Jericho slams Owens’ head into the announce table. Jericho sends Owens back into the ring and Owens kicks Jericho and then connects with a running boot to the head with Jericho hanging over the middle rope and he gets a near fall.

Owens, being the nice guy, wishes Chris a Happy Anniversary before kicking Jericho. Jericho chops Owens. Owens holds the ropes when Jericho tries for a drop kick. Owens with a back senton for a near fall. Owens with a reverse chin lock. Jericho with an elbow and punches. Jericho kicks and chops Owens. Owens tries to send Jericho over the top rope but he lands on the apron and Jericho goes up top and he connects with Owens. Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho but Owens kicks him away.

Jericho with an enzuigiri for a near fall. Jericho kicks Owens in the corner and follows with a chop. Jericho with more chops. Owens with an Irish whip and Owens with a clothesline for a near fall. Owens says it is over and he sets for the pop up power bomb but Jericho leaps over Owens. Owens blocks a Codebreaker attempt and Owens with a package side slam for a near fall.

Owens runs into an elbow and Jericho with a bulldog. Jericho with a Lionsault but Owens gets his knees up. Owens with a cannonball and he goes up top for the Swanton but he lands on Jericho’s knees. Jericho with a double leg take down and he gets Owens over for the Walls of Jericho.

Owens crawls for the ropes and gets there. Jericho releases the hold. Owens sends Jericho into the ring post shoulder first and Owens with a rollup and a handful of tights for a near fall. Jericho with a Codebreaker but he cannot take advantage immediately and that allows Owens get his hand on the rope to stop the count.

Jericho punches Owens. The referee pulls Jericho away from Owens and Kevin with a super kick and then he tries for the pop up power bomb but Jericho with a rana and he tries for the Walls of Jericho but Owens with an inside cradle for the three count.

Winner: Kevin Owens

We take a look at the Big Show as he stares intently at the camera.

We have a video package for the Dudley Boyz.

Big E wants the people to be quiet for a moment. Big E welcomes everyone to the final night of the 2015 Dudley Boyz Bye Bye Forever Tour. Kofi says since their return, you have seen all of their greatest hits. Bubba shoving D-Von for no reason (and he does it to Xavier). Xavier says we have gotten random television references to the 90s (and they do the wassup). Big E says these nine time tag team champions, these legends, these future Hall of Famers.

They have shown a non-sensical side. Kofi brings up wearing glasses without lenses. Xavier says they have shown a despicable side. Big E says to look at Xavier, a kind hearted man and Xavier points out that he has been put through a table.

Kofi says that not only did they bring pain and suffering onto this human being, they also brought pain and suffering onto a perfectly hand crafted table. They all say shame. Xavier tells everyone to say goodbye forever to the Dudley Boyz because tonight the New Day saves the tables.

Match Number Five: WWE Tag Team Title Match: Kofi Kingston and Big E (with Xavier Woods and the Trombone) versus Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley

D-Von and Kofi start things off and Woods starts immediately with the music. Kofi with a waist lock and D-Von with a drop toe hold into a front face lock. Kofi with a wrist lock and side head lock. D-Von with a side head lock of his own. D-Von with a shoulder tackle and kick. Kofi misses a clothesline and D-Von with a corkscrew back elbow.

Big E tags in and he misses a clothesline and D-Von with a flying shoulder tackle. Bubba tags in and they hit a double shoulder tackle followed by a double elbow drop. Big E with an elbow and side head lock. Bubba with a Saito suplex and Kofi tags in. Bubba with a hip toss and splash into the corenr.

D-Von tags in and Bubba with a boot as D-Von Irish whips Kofi. D-Von with a splash for a near fall. D-Von with an arm bar and Bubba tags in. Kofi with a punch and Big E tags in and he slams Bubba. Xavier with some music and Big E with some BOOTY. Bubba with a slam to Big E but Woods pushes D-Von off the turnbuckles when the Dudleys go for the Wassup. Big E with a splash and then he tags in Kofi for kicks. Big E tags in and kicks Bubba.

Kofi tags in and kicks Bubba. Big E tags in and kicks Bubba some more. Kofi tags in and does some more kicking. Big E with more kicks while Xavier yells at people in the crowd. Kofi tags in and it is music time for the Irish whip drop kick of Kofi into the corner and then Big E does some BOOTY shaking.

Kofi with knees to Bubba followed by punches. Bubba with a chop and Kofi with a punch. Big E tags in and he kicks Bubba. Bubba with punches while Big E with forearms. Big E with a reverse chin lock. Bubba with punches but Big E shows the power of Tricep Meat. Big E does some clapping and he sets for the Warrior splash but Bubba rolls out of the way.

D-Von and Kofi tag in and D-Von with clotheslines and punches. D-Von with a flying shoulder tackle and he punches Woods on the apron. D-Von runs into an elbow from Kofi but D-Von stops Kofi on the turnbuckles and he sets for a neck breaker but he sees Big E and clotheslines him. The Dudleys with 3D and Woods breaks up the cover and the referee calls for the bell.

Winners: D-Von Dudley and Bubba Ray Dudley (by disqualification)

After the match, The New Day attack Bubba. They also attack D-Von. Big E kicks Bubba and Xavier goes under the ring and he pulls out a table. They bring the table into the ring and set it up. Big E kicks Bubba out of the ring and then they kick D-Von while the table is set up.

Kofi reminds everyone that they are still the tag team champions. Big E with forearms to D-Von and Woods plays Taps.

Bubba stops Kofi from hitting the spike Big Ending and D-Von sends Big E to the floor. Woods gets out of the floor but Bubba with a clothesline and Bubba throws Woods back into the ring.

The Dudleys hit 3D through the table as Woods gets more splinters.

We see the video package for the Big Show versus Brock Lesnar match.

Match Number Six: Brock Lesnar versus Big Show

Show chops Lesnar and Lesnar with a shoulder to Show. Show throws Lesnar over the top rope to the floor when Lesnar goes for a double leg take down. Lesnar returns to the ring. Lesnar goes for another double leg take down and Show stays on his feet and he sends Lesnar into the turnbuckles. Show with an Irish whip and punches.

Lesnar with shoulders in the corner and he tries for a German suplex but Show holds on to the ropes and he connects with elbows. Show with a choke slam and Brock gets up. Show with a second choke slam and Lesnar gets back to his feet. Show with a third choke slam for a near fall. Show sets for the knock out punch but Lesnar ducks and Brock with a German suplex.

Brock with a second German suplex. Lesnar with a third German suplex. Lesnar gets Show up for the F-5 but he turns it into a slam instead. Lesnar with a fourth German suplex. Lesnar gets Show up for the F-5 and he hits it. Lesnar gets the three count.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

After the match, Lesnar starts to go to the back but he turns around and heads back to the ring.

Show gets back into the ring and so does Brock. Show gestures to Brock as Brock leaps to the apron.

Show staggers in the ring while Lesnar is fresh after taking three choke slams five minutes ago. Lesnar with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and then he gets Show up for another F-5.

It is time for the Official Cage Lowering Music because it is time for the main event.

Match Number Seven: United States Title Match: John Cena versus Seth Rollins in a Steel Cage Match

The cage is locked by the referee on the floor as the bell rings to start the match. They lock up and go to stalemate. Cena with a side head lock and take down. Cena with another side head lock take down. Rollins with a punch and he sends Cena into the steel cage. Rollins kicks Cena in the back and he sends Cena into the cage one more time. Rollins punches Cena as he gets back to his feet and Cena goes to the mat.

Rollins punches Cena again and Cena falls into the corner. Rollins with a running forearm into the corner for a near fall. Rollins asks for the door to be opened and Cena keeps him inside the cage and the door is closed and locked. Cena with punches but Rollins with a kick and Cena goes down.

Rollins climbs to the top of the cage but Cena climbs too. Cena pulls Rollins to the top rope and Cena with head butts and a bulldog from the top turnbuckle for a near fall. Cena climbs to the top of the cage but Rollins stops him. Rollins with a punch to the midsection and then he punches Cena in the head and Cena falls to the mat.

Rollins hits the knee to the temple and he gets a near fall. Rollins goes up top again but he sees Cena trying to go out the door so Rollins goes to the mat and he pulls Cena back into the ring. Rollins with kicks to Cena. Cena with a drop kick and both men are down. Cena starts to climb the cage but Rollins pulls Cena to the mat and hits Slingblade for a near fall.

Rollins kicks Cena. Rollins rubs Cena’s forehead across the unforgiving steel and then Cena falls to the mat. Rollins tries to climb the cage but Cena gets Rollins on his shoulders and he hits an Electric Chair Gourdbuster for a near fall. Cena goes up top and Rollins stops him before he can hit the Rocker Dropper. Cena punches Rollins and sends Rollins into the cage.

Cena sends Rollins into the cage again and Rollins falls to the mat. Cena comes off the turnbuckles but Rollins counters into a sit out power bomb and Rollins gets a near fall. Rollins says it is his time. Rollins sends Cena into the cage one more time. Rollins continues to have a monologue with the crowd and that allows Cena to reverse Rollins and Seth is sent into the cage.

Cena with two flying shoulder tackles followed by a Blue Thunder Bomb and he signals for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Rollins with a kick to the head. Rollins crawls to the open door but Cena stops Rollins and he pulls Rollins off the turnbuckles but Rollins lands on his feet and he hits an enzuigiri for a near fall.

Rollins mocks Cena for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Cena with a kick and another Blue Thunder Bomb and the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Rollins gets to the cage and he kicks Cena away. Rollins comes off the ropes and Cena with an STF.

Rollins crawls for the door and he tries to use the ropes to get Cena to release the hold. Rollins gets to the steps but Cena pulls Rollins back in. Cena gets to the steps but Rollins pulls him back and he leaps over Cena. Cena leaps past Rollins and Rollins uses the cage door and he gets a near fall.

Rollins gets back to his feet and he sets for a Pedigree but Cena with a double leg take down and a catapult but Rollins lands on the turnbuckles and he gets to the top of the cage. Cena gets to the turnbuckles to stop Rollins. Rollins is sent back to the mat. Cena gets over the cage but Rollins pulls him back into the cage.

Rollins with a superplex and Rollins rolls through into a Falcon Arrow but Cena kicks out. Rollins climbs the cage and he gets to the top of the cage. Cena pops up and he climbs to the top of the cage and he pulls Rollins back into the cage by the hair. They sit on top of the cage and exchange punches. Rollins has Cena back into the cage and Cena with a head butt. They are on the top rope and Cena pulls Rollins off the cage.

Cena with a tornado DDT from the top rope for a near fall. For some reason the lights have gone down in the arena. Cena is at the cage door but he does not want it open. Rollins gets the door open and he climbs over the top fo the cage and he kicks the cage door into Cena’s face. Rollins is about to climb down but Cena recovers and pulls Rollins back into the cage.

Cena sets for an Attitude Adjustment but Rollins lands on his feet and he hits a kick to the midsection followed by a super kick and gets a near fall. Rollins picks up Cena and Cena with an STF. Rollins escapes and applies a crossface. Cena rolls over and he gets Rollins on his shoulders for an Attitude Adjustment but Rollins gets to his feet and he hits a low blow to the ding ding.

Rollins climbs the cage and he gets to the top. Rollins looks at Cena holding his groin and then the lights go red and Kane’s music plays. Rollins does not realize that Kane is AT THE ENTRANCE and he can get down the cage faster than Kane can walk to the ring. Kane makes his way to where Seth is standing and Seth returns to the top of the cage. Rollins thinks about what he should do and Rollins decides to go for a frog splash from the top of the cage and Cena with an Attitude Adjustment for the three count.

Winner: John Cena

After the match, Cena celebrates as he goes to the back.

Seth Rollins is in the ring with the WWE Championship. Kane enters the cage and he closes the door. Rollins begs for mercy as he backs into the corner. Kane grabs Rollins by the throat and Rollins kicks Kane and tries to get out of the cage. Kane sends Rollins back into the cage and he gives Rollins a choke slam. Kane with a tombstone piledriver to Rollins.

Sheamus is nowhere to be seen as we go to credits.

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