Welcome to PWInsider.com's live, ongoing WWE Capitol Punishment PPV from Washington, D.C. Coverage will begin at 8 PM Eastern!
Capitol Punishment opened with a video feature on R Truth and his conspiracy claims against John Cena and “the Little Jimmys”. Great video actually.
The PPV stage is designed to look like the Capitol Building in D.C.
Michael Cole, Booker T and Jerry Lawler are the announce team.
WWE United States champion Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero)
They locked up and Kingston took Dolph over and down the mat with a side headlock. Ziggler slipped out and locked in his own. Kingston caught Ziggler with a back elbow as Ziggler rebounded off the ropes.
Ziggler caught Kingston in a waistlock and pummeled his back and neck. Kingston ducked a clothesline and nailed a dropkick. Kingston then monkey flipped Dolph out of the corner. Kingston went for the Trouble in Paradise kick but Ziggler ducked and snapped Kingston against the ropes. He nailed a nice legdrop and covered the champ for a two count.
Ziggler choked Kingston against the bottom rope. Kingston fired back and caught Dolph with a backslide but was then nailed with a hard drop kick for a two count. Ziggler covered Kingston several times and locked in a rear chinlock. The crowd rallied behind Kingston, who made a comeback. He rolled up Dolph for a two count and used several other pinfall attempts.
Kofi missed a splash in the corner. Ziggler used a back suplex for a two count. Ziggler locked in an armbar and worked on Kingston’s shoulder. Ziggler went for a sleeper but Kingston dropped down into a jawbreaker. Kingston moved out of the way from a leaping elbow in the corner.
Kingston drilled Dolph with a pair of chops and a dropkick. Kingston nailed an elbow as Ziggler charged, then splashed Ziggler’s back out of the corner for a two count. Kingston set up for the Boom Drop and nailed it.
Kingston missed Trouble in Paradise but caught Ziggler with the S.O.S. Ziggler kicked out at the last second. Ziggler went for the Zig Zag but Kingston slipped out and went for a powerbomb. Ziggler slipped out but Kingston nailed a double stomp to the chest for a two count.
Kingston went to the top but Ziggler nailed him. Ziggler set up for a superplex but Kingston countered it and sent Ziggler to the mat. Kingston nailed a flying bodypress but Ziggler kicked out at the last second.
Ziggler grabbed a sleeper but Kingston charges the corner and Ziggler nails the turnbuckle head-first. Kingston missed the Trouble in Paradise. Ziggler missed the Zig Zag. Guerrero grabbed Kingston and raked Kingston’s eyes. Ziggler locked on a sleeper and used the ropes to push himself to the center of the ring. The announcers thought that the referee was going to break up the move but Kingston passed out and the ref ruled a submission.
Your winner and new United States champ, Dolph Ziggler!
Usual fine match from these two with some good near falls and nice teases with the big moves.
R Truth, carrying the WWE championship, arrived in a limo. Josh Mathews tried to get comments from Truth but said he’s got a big party and told Mathews to join him. Truth came across Eve and invited her to the party. She said that she doesn’t know who he is anymore. Truth said that no one knows who he is anymore and got angry. He said he was going to dedicate his win tonight to all the Little Jimmys and the Little Janes.
Miz was interviewed and asked whether he thought he could defeat Alex Riley. Miz said that Riley is a shelter dog that Miz saved from the NXT reject pile. He said that if people don’t think that he can beat Riley, that just shows how far people think he’s fallen in the last month. He said that Riley was just a glorified bag carrier and tonight, he was going to show the world why he is awesome.
WWE upgraded their production tonight, by the way. There’s more usage of a crane camera for hard camera shots and closeups, even running it around the ring across one side and then turning the corner and up the other side. It’s a nice usage of the camera and provided some good shots.
The Miz vs. Alex Riley
Miz began trash talking Riley. He was holding the Money in the Bank briefcase, so I’m guessing that comes into play later. Riley nailed Miz, chased him out and back into the ring and wailed away on him with rights. Miz caught him and kicked and punched away at Riley, punting him in the chest with a kick.
Miz drilled Riley with a series of rights, screaming that he was a punk as he nailed him. Miz ripped at Riley’s face and stomped him. The hometown crowd was getting behind Riley but you could hear dueling chants for Miz as well.
Miz’s beating continued outside the ring, where Miz told Riley that he “was the one, not you” and nailed a running boot to the face. He rolled Riley into the ring and covered him for a two count. Riley tried to nail Miz with a punch but Miz avoided it. Riley tagged him with a wild shot and made a comeback with several punches. Miz locked in a side chinlock and climbed on Riley’s back. He pulled Riley to the mat and scissored Riley’s body with his legs.
Riley was suplexed back and covered for a two count. Miz went to the top and came off with a flying axehandle for another two count. Miz tied him to the tree of woe and stomped Riley in the corner. Miz went for a sliding kick but Riley pulled up and Miz crotched himself against the ring post.
Riley speared Miz as he charged him in the corner and began working him over. He shoved Miz into the turnbuckles and caught him with a spinebuster for a two count. Miz tried to back off but when Riley charged, he was tossed out of the ring. Riley nailed Miz as he went to leave the ring and covered him for another two count.
Outside of the ring, Riley shoved Miz into the barrier and then into the ringside table. Michael Cole began screaming at Riley, so Riley grabbed him by the tie, pulled him over and slammed Cole down to the floor. That allowed Miz to nail Riley from behind and grab the briefcase. He went to use it but the referee grabbed it.
Riley grabbed Miz for his leaping DDT and nailed him, getting the pin.
Your winner, Alex Riley!
Another very good match. They had the chance to make Riley tonight and took it. Miz lost nothing in the loss and Riley went to the next level. Really good from bell to bell as they told a story, got Riley over as a strong take no nonsense babyface by nailing Cole and gave him a clean him in his hometown.
Two matches in and this is a fun show.
Two matches in and this is a fun show.
Sgt. Slaughter welcomed a Barack Obama impersonator. Obama said that Del Rio and Show would both be covered under Obama care. Vickie Guerrero showed up and sang “Happy Father’s Day” to him but the Secret Service carried her off. Slaughter said that “it looked like Vickie got carried away.” AWFUL!
They pushed that you’ll be able to vote with your mobile phone tomorrow on the three hour Raw.
Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio
Show attacked Del Rio in the aisle as he came to the ring. Del Rio tried to escape over the railing into the crowd but Show stopped him, chopped him and whipped Del Rio hard into the barrier.
Show rolled Del Rio back into the ring, only to be attacked by Mark Henry. Henry tossed him over the announce table. He drilled Show through the Spanish Announce Table with the World’s Strongest Slam.
Henry walked off but changed his mind, returning. He grabbed the leg that Del Rio’s car ran over and slammed it into the remnants of the table. In the ring, Del Rio was taunting Show. He demanded that the referee count Show out. The ref began the count but Show rolled into the ring.
Show told the referee he was willing to go so they rang the bell. Show nailed Del Rio and caught him for a chokeslam but Del Rio kicked Show’s bad leg. The leg went out and Del Rio began kicking the hell out of the Show, trying to keep him on the mat. He covered Show but only got a one count.
Show grabbed Del Rio and chokeslammed him. Show’s leg crumpled and he went to the mat. Del Rio rolled outside to the floor. Show limped over to the ropes and grabbed Del Rio. Rio snapped him over the ropes. He went to the corner but was caught by the throat. Alberto nailed his leg again. Del Rio went for the rolling crossarm breaker but Show turned it into a throw, sending Alberto to the mat.
Del Rio begged off but dropkicked Show’s leg. He locked on a cross legbreaker on the bad leg. Show fought it and finally grabbed the ropes. Del Rio began stalking Show from behind, waiting to strike. The referee warned Show that he would stop the match if Show couldn’t continue. Show got up but collapsed down again. The referee called it.
Your winner, Alberto Del Rio!
More of an angle than a match but it was a good angle. It put Mark Henry back in the mix as a monster. It gave more momentum to Del Rio and put Show, who showed some nice fire as a pissed off monster, a reason for revenge.
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