World champion Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
Ziggler stalled a bit early on. The crowd chanted for RVD. Del Rio was able to drill Ziggler with several shots to the head and Ziggler acted like he was dazed, which the announcers pushed. Del Rio nailed a big back suplex.
Ziggler ended up on the floor. Big E. Langston shoved Del Rio and was thrown out by the referee. Ziggler came alive with offense, slamming Del Rio's head into the table. Del Rio came back to stomp the hell out of Ziggler and nail him with a series of headbutts.
Del Rio continued the assault but Ziggler grabbed a sleeper. Del Rio escaped and drilled Ziggler with a bunch of shots to the back and head. He nailed a backstabber for a two count. Del Rio went for the rolling armbreaker but Ziggler countered it. The fans chanted, "Let's go Ziggler."
Ziggler went to the top but was caught by Del Rio and nailed with a superplex that saw Ziggler sent into the ring face-first. Del Rio continued working over Ziggler, who kept kicking out. Ziggler surviving the onslaught really got the Chicago fans behind him. Ziggler nailed the Zig Zag out of nowhere but landed on his head, so he was unable to capitalize.
Del Rio nailed him with a superkick and pinned him.
Your winner and new World champion, Alberto Del Rio!
A really good match with Ziggler really bumping his rear end off. The story was that Del Rio kept laying out Ziggler with shots to the head and Ziggler kept trying to rebound, but in the end, it was too much. The way it was portrayed, you would think Ziggler would be a babyface going forward. This felt like a double turn, so don't expect a Punk turn tonight. It's a real shame Ziggler come back from his concussion only to be booked to lose the belt. That was a bummer but I guess now we know why Dolph was knocking the company on Twitter.
Ziggler dropped down in the aisle as he left. The crowd chanted his name.
World champion Alberto Del Rio came back after a promotional commercial aired. He cut a promo thanking the Chicago fans. He said he proved to Chicago and the entire world why he deserved to be the champion. He said he's done everything since he's come to WWE and he did it just for you, the fans, every night. Del Rio said that tonight, he asked Chicago and the world for their support. He said that they know he's one of the best in the business and gives of his life and gives 100%. He said that after tonight, he felt he deserved to be champion and asked the fans to cheer for their new champion. Ricardo officially announced him.
Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
Punk has grown his hair out a bit and had mutton chops. He received a massive response for his entrance and looked far more rested coming out then he did in forever. Paul Heyman was with him.
Punk and Jericho shoved each other and they battled back and forth on the mat. Jericho shoulderblocked him down but was nailed with a dropkick. Punk grabbed a side headlock and worked him over. Punk then began working on Jericho's shoulder and arm.
Punk used a series of shoulderblocks in the corner. Jericho fired back with chops and sent Punk to the outside with a clothesline. Jericho nailed a sliding kick through the ropes to Punk on the floor. Jericho went for his springboard dropkick to the outside but Punk snapped him on the ropes. Punk came off the top with a dropkick for a two count.
Punk locked in a keylock. Jericho fired back with several chops. He rebounded off the ropes but was nailed with a knee to the mid-section. Punk locked up Jericho on the mat with an armbar but Jericho drilled him with a series of right hands.
Jericho whipped Punk into the corner but was kicked off as he charged. Punk went for his springboard clothesline but Jericho ducked. Jericho shoulderblocked him down. Punk tried to throw him over the top but Jericho landed on his feet and came off with an axehandle. He bulldogged Punk. He went for a quebrada but saw Punk moved, so he landed on his feet. Punk nailed him with a neckbreaker for a two count.
Punk nailed the high knee in the corner and went for the bulldog but Jericho shot him off. Jericho nailed the Lionsault for a two count. Jericho punted Punk but was caught and set up for a GTS. Jericho fired out and caught Punk in the Walls of Jericho. Punk was able to reverse it and turn it into the Anaconda Vice. Jericho almost tapped but made it to the ropes with his feet.
Punk called for the GTS. He went for the move but it was reversed into a Walls of Jericho attempt. They went back and forth and Jericho rolled up Punk for two. Heyman at one point got on the apron and that caused Punk to lose his focus for a second. Jericho drilled Punk's face into his knees for a two count.
Jericho began beating Punk with kicks and punches. He told Punk to stay down and kept drilling him. The crowd chanted for Punk. They battled back and forth in the center of the ring with punches and kicks. Punk nailed a leg lariat as Jericho rebounded off the ropes. Punk nailed the high knee and bulldog combination and went to the top for the flying elbow. Punk nailed the GTS but Jericho kicked up at the last second.
Punk went for the GTS but Jericho escaped. Punk evaded a Codebreaker attempt and clotheslined Jericho over the ropes to the floor. Punk nailed a tope suicida. Punk tossed him into the ring and went for the springboard clothesline but Jericho caught him with a double knee strike to the face as Punk came down. Punk kicked up at the last second.
Jericho began beating Punk's neck and back. He drilled Punk with elbows to the face over and over. Jericho went for the Walls of Jericho but Punk caught him with an inside cradle for a two count. They battled back and forth with strikes and punches. Punk went for a rana but was caught and turned into the Walls of Jericho. Heyman begged him not to tap. Punk tried to turn and began beating on Jericho's leg until Jericho released. Punk began beating the hell out of him. Jericho was drilled with two GTS's in a row and finally pinned.
Your winner, CM Punk!
Really, really good match. A hell of a battle.
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