Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Booker T are your announcing team.
WWE Tag Team champions Air Boom vs. WWE United States champion Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swaggger
Vickie Guerrero introduced the challengers.
Kingston and Ziggler opened up the match. They went back and forth on the mat. There was a light “Kofi” chant early. Ziggler locked in a side headlock but was sent into the ropes. Ziggler shoulderblocked Kingston down. Kingston leapfrogged and dropkicked Ziggler, then nailed him with a big monkey flip for a two count.
Bourne tagged in and covered Ziggler for another two count. Swagger tagged in but was nailed. Kingston and Bourne worked over Swagger with a double dropkick in the corner for a two count. They nailed a double bulldog for another two count.
Ziggler tagged back in and took over control of Kingston, scoring a two count with a big dropkick. Ziggler slammed Kingston down. Swagger tagged in and the challengers took turns tagging in and out, working over Kingston. Kingston was locked in a rear chinlock but fought his way out of it.
Bourne made the tag and peppered Swagger with several big kicks. He knocked Ziggler off the apron, then drilled Swagger in the jaw with another kick for a two count. Bourne went to the top but Swagger got out of the way before he could nail Air Bourne. He drilled Ziggler off the apron and went for the move but Swagger got his knees up.
Zigger tagged in but Kingston broke up the count. Ziggler continued working over Bourne, nailing him across the back and neck with clubbing shots. Ziggler locked in a deep armbar, working over Bourne’s arm. Ziggler and Bourne exchanged several near falls.
Swagger continued working over Bourne who tried to make a tag but the referee missed it and held Kofi off. Ziggler continued working on Bourne, snapping him down with a neckbreaker. He pulled Bourne into the challenger’s corner. Swagger and Ziggler took turns working him over until Bourne drilled Swagger in the jaw and made the hot tag to Kingston.
Kingston cleaned house on Swagger and went for the SOS on Ziggler but was fought off. He drilled Swagger with a kick and nailed Ziggler with a flying bodypress off the top rope for a near fall. Kingston nailed the Boom Drop on Ziggler and teased the Trouble in Paradise. He went for the kick but Ziggler ducked. Kingston nailed him instead with the SOS but Swagger broke it up.
Swagger went for an ankle lock but Bourne nailed a dropkick off the top. Ziggler rolled up Kingston and hooked the tights but couldn’t get the pin. Kingston nailed the SOS and Bourne nailed Air Bourne for the pin.
Your winners and still WWE Tag Team champions, Air Boom!
Solid back and forth opener. Good work from all four. These guys are all really good in their roles.
Zack Ryder’s music began and he came out for his title defense without giving Ziggler a chance to rest.
WWE United States champion Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder
Ryder, who will be appearing next week at Ringsidefest in NYC, worked over the exhausted Ziggler early, scoring several near falls.
There was a huge “Let’s go Ryder” chant. Ziggler tried to whip him into the ropes but it was reversed. Ziggler went to the outside and tried to crawl away but Air Boom, who had remained at ringside, tossed him back into the ring. The referee threw them out of ringside.
Ziggler nailed several clotheslines on Ziggler and scored another two count. Ryder went for a splash against the ropes but Ziggler moved and Ryder clotheslined himself against the ropes. Ziggler worked over Ryder, dropping an elbow for a two count. Ziggler continued working over Ryder. Ziggler missed a splash in the corner but Ryder missed a Face Wash in the corner.
Ziggler nailed a Famouser on Ryder but the challenger kicked out at two. Dolph went after him in the corner, nailing a series of punches and kicks. He charged Ryder in the corner but was nailed with a double knee in the face. Ryder nailed the Face Wash. Swagger tried to interfere but Ryder kicked him away. Ryder turned into a superkick by Zigger and was pinned.
Your winner and still United States champion, Dolph Ziggler!
Decent match. The story here was that Ryder could hang and beat Ziggler, which they certainly told, but that the interference caused Ryder to take his eye off the ball so the heel stole the victory. That’s perfectly acceptable. Ryder was super over, so of course they told the fans that he couldn’t beat an exhausted heel, which is not the smartest way to keep him super over.
Backstage, CM Punk and Ted DiBiase were talking. Triple H showed up and told Punk that he wasn’t trying to screw with Punk on Raw. Punk said that even five months, he would have thought it was HHH screwing with him, but he knows that it’s someone else. HHH said that he didn’t have a rah rah speech. Punk said that he wanted to show Miz and Truth what a real unsafe working environment was.
They showed footage of Beth Phoenix and Natalya attacking Kelly Kelly earlier today backstage during a WWE.com interview.
WWE Divas champion Beth Phoenix vs. Eve Torres
They announced Natalya and Kelly were banned from ringside. Eve had new theme music that was a step down.
They locked up and tore into each other. Phoenix backed Eve into the corner but Torres nailed her with a knee and a sunset flip off the second rope for a two count. Phoenix cut her off and nailed several two counts. Torres grabbed her arm and nailed several kicks but was forced into the ropes, where Beth drilled her.
Torres went for a kick but Phoenix caught her leg. Torres nailed an enziguiri. He tried Phoenix to the ropes with her own ring outfit and drilled her across the back with several kicks. Phoenix broke free and Torres nailed a leaping forearm. Phoenix swept her feet and Torres slammed backwards on the apron. On the outside, Beth pressed and dropped Torres onto the guard rail outside, then dragged her back into the ring for a two count.
She locked Torres into a unique sitdown abdominal stretch. Torres broke free but was caught with an inverted over the shoulder backbreaker for a two count. Phoenix cinched in body scissors, trying to force a submission as Phoenix screamed at her to cry. Eve slipped out and locked in a submission on her own, trying to force Phoenix to tap.
Phoenix forced her way out and went for the Glam Slam but Eve slipped out and used a forward roll to send Phoenix into the ropes, then rolled her up for a two count. Nice spot. Phoenix whipped her into the ropes. Torres kicked her off and went for the top rope moonsault but Phoenix moved. Torres came down a little off. Phoenix nailed the Glam Slam and scored the pin.
Your winner and still Divas champion, Beth Phoenix!
OK match. They tried to add in some submission wrestling, which was a nice addition but it was obvious that Torres was far before Phoenix in the ring. This was better than what you’d expect but Torres seemed a step behind Phoenix and it wasn’t fluid in spots. Still, solid bout.
Matt Striker interviewed Big Show and asked if he was prepared for tonight after just one match back. Show said that he should ask Mark Henry if he’s ready, since Show came back and Henry thought Show was a bust and it was over. He said that it took Henry 15 years to get to the point where 3 seconds erased all that and he was champion. Show said all it will take it three seconds to erase the last few months, destroy the Hall of Pain and destroy Henry as a man. Show promised that Vengeance would be his.
They plugged the Hart vs. Michaels DVD, which you can order by clicking here.
Christian vs. Sheamus
They are burning through these matches so obviously they are giving a lot of time to the Last Man Standing and/or the HHH Tag match.
Sheamus worked over Christian early, including a series of ten clubbing shots across the chest while Christian was in the ropes. He then held him for a long vertical standing suplex for a two count. Christian came back to nail a neckbreaker and beat down Sheamus in the corner with punches and kicks. Sheamus battled back but was kicked away by Christian.
Sheamus snapped Christian into the corner and nailed a series of shoulderblocks. Christian hooked the tights for a two count. Cole spent more time ripping Jim Ross than talking the match, which was so annoying even I wanted to kick him in the teeth. Christian locked in a side chinlock. Sheamus battled his way to his feet and fell down to break it.
Sheamus charged but he was hit with a drop toehold into the ropes. Christian stepped on his back and choked him. Christian then popped him in the mouth with a punch. Christian nailed a missile dropkick off the second rope. Sheamus made a comeback with a series of clotheslines but was kicked off as he charged him in the corner. Christian went for a bodypress but was caught with a Fall Away Slam for a two count.
Christian kept working over Sheamus who came back and went for the High Cross. Christian escaped but was caught in the ropes, where Sheamus dropped a knee over him for another two count. Christian went for the Killswitch but Sheamus reversed it into the Celtic Cross. Christian slipped out and kicked him using the ropes for leverage.
Sheamus came back to nail him with the Irish Curse backbreaker for a two count. Sheamus went for the Brogue Kick but was nailed with a spear for another two count. Sheamus kicked off Christian and went to the top but was crotched. Christian worked over him with a series of rights and went for a top rope rana, nailing it.
Christian went for the spear but he ran into the Brouge Kick and was pinned.
Your winner, Sheamus!
Real good back and forth match. Best thing on the show so far.
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