WWE Intercontinental champ Big E. Langston vs. Damien Sandow
Langston was in control early on but Sandow cut him off and drilled him with the elbow of Disdain, then cinched in a chinlock. Langston came back with some power moves and a big splash for a two count.
Sandow worked over Langston, who came back with a massive clothesline and the Big Ending. That was it.
Your winner and still IC champion, Big E. Langston!
It was OK.It was pretty much a showcase for Langston with a little early offense from Sandow. Solid but nothing amazing.
Vince McMahon wished Randy Orton well in his match.
They added Kofi Kingston vs. Miz in a NO DQ match for later.
WWE Tag Team champions The Rhodes Family vs. Real Americans vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel vs. Big Show & Rey Mysterio
Ryback and Cody started with Ryback working him over. Cody made a comeback. He and Goldust worked over Ryback with some double team maneuvers. Axel tagged in and dropkicked Goldust. He grabbed a side headlock. He and Goldust went back and forth until Show tagged himself in. Axel wasn't thrilled about that. He tried to tie up with Show but was easily overpowered. Show chopped him hard in the corner. The crowd chanted for Show to do it one more time. Show obliged.
Rey tagged in but was slammed by Axel. Axel came off the ropes, then tagged Ryback, who nailed a splash off the ropes for a two count then pummeled Rey with punches. Ryback worked over Rey, who finally tagged out to Goldust.
Goldust took over on Ryback with several punches, a clothesline and a spinebuster. Axel tried to interfere but was nailed but Ryback cut him off and went for a powerbomb. Goldust slipped through and Ryback was rolled up and pinned.
Ryback and Axel have been eliminated.
Jack Swagger, in the bout for the first time, attacked Goldust. The Americans trapped Goldust and worked him over in their corner. The crowd chanted, "We the People." Goldust was knocked to the floor. Swagger followed and set up and nailed a running clothesline.
Cesaro tagged in and nailed a gutwrench suplex for a two count, then cinched in an armbar. Swagger and Cesaro take turns working over Goldust. Cesaro nailed the Big Spin. Cesaro leapfrogged Swagger en route to a doublestomp and covered him for another two count. Swagger locked on a side chinlock but Goldust fought his way out.
Goldust knocked Swagger off the apron and kicked off Cesaro. He went to tag Cody but Swagger pulled him off the apron. Rhodes began grabbing at his knee. Show grabbed Swagger and tossed him into the rail. Goldust nailed a rana on Cesaro. He made a hot tag to Show, who cleaned house on Cesaro.
Show nailed Cesaro with a big shoulderblock and called for the chokeslam. Swagger tried to stop him but was nailed with a KO punch. Show then KO'd Cesaro as he came off the ropes and covered Cesaro.
We are down to two teams. Rhodes is hurting and Goldust is exhausted. Show helped Dust up and showed him respect. The crowd got into it as they faced off.
Rhodes grabbed a side headlock but was picked up by Show and nailed with shots to the mid-section. He sent Goldust into the ropes and shoulderblocked him down, then pulled him up and tossed him back in. Show whipped him into the corner but was kicked off. Goldust nailed a bodypress off the ropes for a two count.
Rey and Cody tagged in and they had a great back and forth. Rey caught Cody coming off the ropes and nailed a powerbomb for a two count. He sent Cody into the ropes but Cody blocked a 619. They went into a great back and forth series of two counts. Rhodes finally nailed the CrossRhodes for the pin on Rey.
Your winners and still WWE Tag Team champions, The Rhodes Brothers!
That was just great. Really loved this and worth checking out. Great sequences and near falls aplenty.
Everyone showed respect for each other after the bout.
They had a pretty goofy vignette with the Prime Time Players, Vickie Guerrero, Torito, Brad Maddox, Great Khali and El Matadors to put over the Brawling Buddies. It ended with Kane, complete with music, looking disgusted at Vickie and Brad for playing, then using Brodus Clay to beat up John Cena. Yeeeeeeeeep!
Brodus Clay (with Tensai) vs. R-Truth (with Xavier Woods)
This is Woods' WWE PPV debut. Truth controlled Clay early and hit a dive to the floor where Clay went outside to recuperate. Truth tossed him back in and ascended to the top but was nailed and sent to the floor. Brodus nailed the Banzai Splash and covered Truth but Truth kicked out.
Truth was nailed with a series of elbows and legdrops. The story was that Clay was being too aggressive and mean. Clay nailed a heart punch. JBL made an Ox Baker reference. Clay nailed an exploder and mocked Truth's "What's Up" song.
Clay nailed a running Avalanche splash in the corner, then hit another. Truth crumpled down in the corner. Truth rolled out of the ring. Clay was going to toss Truth into the steps but Tensai stepped in the way and argued with him to toss him in the ring and get the win. Clay said he was winning.
Clay tied Truth upside down and kept nailing him in the corner. Tensai got on the apron and told him to just get the win. Clay said he was a main event player and better than him. Tensai threw his hands up and was disgusted. He walked out. Naomi and Cameron soon did the same. Clay was angry and all this took so long that Truth nailed him with a leg lariat and rolled him up for the pin.
Your winner, R-Truth!
As a way to showcase the new, angrier, more aggressive Clay, it was good...until the end. I hope they have something planned to follow up for tomorrow or else that was a waste. The match itself was fine as was the breakup angle.
Vince McMahon shook John Cena's hand and wished him luck.
Miz vs. Kofi Kingston
They began brawling immediately and battled around ringside. Kingston went for Trouble in Paradise on the floor but Miz moved and nailed the ringpost. That allowed Miz to work him over on the floor and tossed the injured Kingston back into the ring.
Miz began working over Kingston's leg and knee. He began slapping Miz around. Miz placed Kofi's leg on the bottom rope and jumped down upon it, softening it up for the figure four leglock.
Miz exposed the top turnbuckle, then drilled his knee into Kingston's face. Miz went to the top but was dropkicked as he attempted to come off with a flying axehandle. You could hear a pretty sizeable "Boring" chant. The went back and forth. The crowd chanted for Tables.
Miz was sent into the exposed buckle and then nailed with Trouble in Paradise for the pin.
Your winner, Kofi Kingston!
Just OK. No real spark to it.
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