We are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and your announcers are John ‘Maybe the Penguins can use the Shield as enforcers’ Layfield, Jerry ‘Browns and Indians’ Lawler, and Michael ‘I want to be a Primanti Brother’ Cole.
Stephanie McMahon makes her way to the ring. She says that last night, the main event at Battleground between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton for the WWE Championship was compromised. It was not compromised, it was ruined.
Stephanie says that she is angry, just like the fans. Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan are also angry. What happened last night is due to one man. Stephanie tells Big Show to come out.
Big Show makes his way to the ring.
Big Show starts to talk and Stephanie tells him to shut up. Stephanie says that she knows that Big Show is under a lot of pressure but last night was a mistake. He knocked out an official, Daniel Bryan, and Randy Orton. She wants to know what Big Show has to say about it.
Show says that he is sorry and Stephanie mocks him. She calls him pathetic. They have saved him from bankruptcy and bought his mortgage. Show cannot manage his finances, his career, or even manage himself. She has told Show to be professional and do his job. It is time for Show to man up and take responsibility for his actions.
Show says that he will man up and then he asks if he can go now.
Stephanie pokes the bear and tells him that he cannot go now. They don’t just own their home, they own Big Show. He does not have the right to free will. Show does not do anything in this company unless her or her husband approve. She tells Show to beg the people for forgiveness. She wants him down on his knees.
She tells Show that he has no heart or no soul.
Show says that he is not going to beg. He knocked out Randy Orton because he could not take it any more. She knocked out Daniel Bryan because Stephanie told him to.
Stephanie reminds Show that they were not even in the building.
Show says that everyone knows that Brad Maddox is her puppet as well as her son of a bitch husband.
Stephanie slaps Show and she wants to know what he is going to do about it. Stephanie tells Show that he is fired.
Show leaves the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and in case you missed it, Big Show explained why he did what he did at Battleground, and then he got fired.
Match Number One: Dolph Ziggler versus Damien Sandow
They lock up and Sandow with a knee to the midsection and he runs Ziggler into the turnbuckles and he connects with shoulders and kicks. Sandow with punches and the referee pulls him out of the corner. Sandow with more shoulders and a knee. Sandow with a suplex and he floats over to get a near fall.
Sandow with forearms across the chest and he applies a reverse chin lock. Sandow with a knee to the back. Sandow with a knee to the midsection followed by forearms and knees to Ziggler. Sandow with punches to Ziggler. Sandow with forearms in the ropes and then he hits a running hip to Ziggler for a near fall.
Sandow with a head scissors to Ziggler. Ziggler escapes and he punches the knee. Sandow with head butts in the corner and the referee warns him again. Ziggler with punches. Sandow pushes Ziggler to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Sandow with a near fall on Ziggler as Sandow continues to control the match. Sandow with a hard Irish whip or two. Sandow with a side Russian leg sweep and then he hits the Elbow of Disdain. Sandow gets a near fall. Sandow returns to the reverse chin lock. Ziggler with head butts but Sandow sends Ziggler over the top rope to the floor.
Sandow rolls to the floor and he sends Ziggler into the apron and then the ring post. Sandow gets a near fall and he applies a cravate. Sandow with an Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner and Sandow hits the ring post with his shoulder.
Ziggler with punches to Sandow and he takes Sandow to the mat and he punches Sandow. Ziggler with a clothesline and punch that sends Sandow to the floor. Ziggler with a baseball slide to Sandow and he punches Damien on the floor.
Ziggler climbs the turnbuckles and he punches Sandow. Ziggler with a swinging neck breaker followed by a drop kick for a near fall. Sandow tries to send Ziggler to the floor but Ziggler lands on the apron. Ziggler goes up top and Sandow crotches him. Sandow gets a near fall. Ziggler with a rollup and then he hits a Fameasser for the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Brad is in his office and Stephanie tells him that they trusted him as General Manager of Raw to do a good job. The Rhodes Family wins. Then there is a blackout. Then Scott Armstrong, the referee who compromised the match at Night of Champions is reinstated. Then Big Show ruined the main event. We have no champion and it is all Brad’s fault.
Brad mentions Triple H and Stephanie shuts him up. Stephanie says that her husband has been trying to fix the messes that Brad caused. She tells him that he could suffer the same fate as the Big Show. Brad is going to apologize and he is going to tell them how he will make it up to them.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Michael Cole shows us footage of Bruno Sammartino appearing in the arena during the commercial.
Match Number Two: Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, and Aksana versus Eva Marie, JoJo, and Natalya
Natalya and Aksana start things off and Natalya with a take down into a front face lock. Aksana with a hammer lock but Natalya with a fireman’s carry into an arm bar. Aksana with a head scissors. Natalya with a kick and Eva Marie tags in and gets a near fall with a rollup. Eva Marie with a side head lock take down but Aksana with a near fall.
Aksana sends Eva Marie to the mat and she connects with elbow drops and then she crawls around and punches Eva and gets a near fall. Rosa tags in and she kicks Eva. Rosa with a Japanese Stranglehold.
Alicia tags in and she slams Eva’s head into the mat and follows with a slam and Alicia gets a near fall. Alicia with a forearm to Natalya on the apron and then she goes back to focus on Eva. Alicia with an Irish whip but she misses a knee in the corner.
Natalya tags in and connects with clotheslines followed by a slam. Natalya sends Alicia into Rosa and Aksana. Natalya with a rollup and Alicia rolls through and gets a near fall. Natalya with a discus clothesline followed by the Sharpshooter and Alicia taps out.
Winners: Natalya, Eva Marie, and JoJo
After the match, Brad Maddox goes to the stage and he says that he would like to publicly apologize for the events that transpired last night at Battleground. To ensure that this issue between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton gives us a definitive winner, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan will wrestle at Hell in a Cell. Brad says that three Hall of Famers have the potential to make the determination that there will be a WWE Champion. Brad says that he will not be the one to decide the referee, it will be the WWE Universe.
The first candidate is Booker T. Booker says that there is not much to say as to why he should be referee. He is the Six Time World Champion. Everyone knows that he is going to do the right thing for the people. He will do the right thing for business..
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Fernando and Diego (with El Torito) versus Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal (with Heath Slater)
Jinder and Diego start off and Diego with a leg sweep and arm drag followed by a head scissors take down. Fernando tags in and they hit a double back body drop. Jinder sends Fernando into the ropes and Drew with a drop kick before he tags in and he kicks and chops Fernando. Drew with a boot to Fernando followed by an arm bar.
Fernando punches Drew but Drew with a forearm. Fernando with a rana to Drew and he tags in Diego. Diego with flying back elbows and he takes care of Jinder. Diego avoids Drew and then he goes to the turnbuckles for a double chop. Fernando tags in and they hit the double back driver for the three count.
Winners: Fernando and Diego
After the match, El Torito mocks Slater and Slater chases him into the ring. Diego and Fernando work over Slater before El Torito hits a rana from the turnbuckles.
Paul Heyman, Curtis Axel, and Ryback walk in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back with a look at Stephanie McMahon firing the man with an iron clad contract.
Paul Heyman is in the ring with Curtis Axel and Ryback. He introduces himself and he tells everyone that he is the Best in the World. He is the only man on the face of this planet who can make the claim that he beat CM Punk with both hands tied behind his back.
Paul says that CM Punk has some bragging rights because last night at Battleground, he pinned Ryback. What the record books should reflect is that CM Punk is not only a bully, but a cheater as well. We see the footage of Punk kicking Ryback in the groinal region.
CM Punk’s music plays and he makes his way to the stage.
Punk asks Paul if he is calling him a cheater. Punk admits to no wrongdoing. All he did last night was win. Sure, maybe he kicked Ryback in the balls, but he did it to see if Ryback had any.
Paul says that Punk will never have the chance to do it again.
Punk says that nobody believes what Paul says. He will do it again and that means that he will beat Ryback again. Punk wonders if they are out here to set up a rematch. Punk says that he will do it any time. This is what happens when you are a bully and you pick on someone smarter than you.
Paul tells Ryback that he is bullying him.
Ryback says that if Punk had balls, he would hit him in them a long time ago. Punk is not a hero, he is a bully. He tells Punk to bring his skinny, little ass into the ring with him.
R Truth’s music plays and he wants to be Punk’s tag team partner. Punk agrees and they walk to the ring.
Match Number Four: R Truth and CM Punk versus Curtis Axel and Ryback (with Paul Heyman)
Ryback and Punk start things off but Ryback wants to let Axel start things off. They lock up and Axel with a side head lock. Axel with a shoulder tackle but Punk with a drop toe hold and then he has Axel in a step over toe hold and he drops back to the mat. Truth tags in and he drops a leg to the back of the neck and he gets a near fall.
Truth with a side head lock and kick. Truth with a punch to Axel and Truth shimmies in front of Axel. We go to commercial.
We are back and Truth kicks and punches Axel. Truth with a snap mare and a reverse chin lock. Axel backs Truth into his corner and Ryback tags in. Truth with punches and then he punches Axel on the apron. Ryback with a kick to the knee. Ryback picks up Truth and sends him face first into the mat and then he hits a splash.
Ryback with a punch to the midsection. Ryback with a bear hug. Ryback with a belly-to-belly suplex and then he tags in Axel. Ryback with a slam and Axel comes off the turnbuckles with a forearm and he gets a near fall. Axel with forearms to Truth while in the ropes.
Truth with punches but Axel with a drop kick for a near fall. Axel with a reverse chin lock. Axel with a knee and hard Irish whip. Ryback tags back in and he stands on Truth’s hand. Ryback runs Truth into the turnbuckles and then he runs him across the ring. He does it again and then he connects with a shoulder.
Ryback with a hard Irish whip. Ryback gets a near fall. Ryback with an abdominal stretch. Ryback punches Truth and then he Irish whips Truth but Truth gets his boots up. Ryback presses Truth over his head and he wants to hit a power slam but Truth gets to his feet and he sends Ryback into the turnbuckles and Truth with a leg lariat.
Both men are down and Punk and Axel both tag in. Punk with a springboard clothesline followed by a swinging neck breaker. Punk with a running knee into the corner followed by a short arm clothesline. Punk goes up top and he hits the elbow drop. Punk says that it is time to Go To Sleep but he decides to knock Ryback off the apron with a forearm. Punk hits Go To Sleep and then Punk hits a round kick to Ryback.
Punk tags in Truth and Truth hits the Scissors kick on Axel and gets the three count.
Winners: CM Punk and R Truth
We are reminded that there are three options for referee of the Daniel Bryan/Randy Orton match. We will find out who the second option is when we come back.
We go to commercial.
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