The expert panel is Mark Henry, Rey Mysterio and The Miz, along with Josh Mathews.
They had a backstage interview with the Real Americans, who both promised to win titles tonight.
They had JBL and Jerry Lawler’s entrances.
They aired a video package on Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio.
WWE Network promo.
As they came back from that, you could hear a CM Punk chant.
They ran us through how the Network works.
Curtis Axel & Ryback (with Larry Hennig) vs. Goldust & Cody Rhodes
I popped huge for Larry Hennig coming out with his grandson. They talked about his history in the business.
Axel and Goldust started off. Goldust reversed a hiptoss. They went back and forth and tagged in Cody and Ryback. Ryback used his power on Cody and drilled him with a series of shoulderblocks in the corner.
Axel tagged back in but was clotheslined over the top to the floor. Cody dropped down as Ryback charged and he went to the floor. Goldust dove off the apron onto one of them as Cody hit a springboard dive onto the other. They went to commercial to plug the show we are already watching.
When they returned to the match, Ryback stomped the hell out of Goldust. Michael Cole mentioned Xbox not carrying the PPV and said it was because the WWE App was getting ready for tomorrow.
Axel tagged in and continued beating down Goldust. Ryback and Axel tagged in and out, trashing Goldust. He finally cut off Axel with a clothesline and tagged in Cody, who cleaned house and nailed a moonsault for a two count. Rhodes nailed the Alabama Slam but Ryback pulled him out of the ring. Cody avoided hm and nailed the Disaster Kick off the stairs.
Rhodes went to the top and went for a missile dropkick but was caught with a powerbomb for a two count. Ryback and Goldust battled out of the ring. Ryback missed a charge and hit the guard rail. Cody avoided the Perfectplex and hit the CrossRhodes for the pin.
Your winner, Cody Rhodes and Goldust!
Decent tag match. How messed up is it that they had Axel get pinned clean in front of his grandfather?
Byron Saxton interviewed The Usos. They said they have wanted to hold the Tag Team belts their entire life. They said their Uncles the Wild Samoans had them and their father Rikishi had them. What, no love for Samu? They said they are going to be the new champions.
WWE Intercontinental champion Big E. vs. Jack Swagger
Zeb Colter cut a promo saying the E. in Big E. stands for “enough” of him as champion. He said the Intercontinental champion should be good for all continents and that since Big E. won the title, nothing has been done for this continent. He then tried to blame the Polar Vortex on people sneaking over the borders.
Swagger worked over Langston early with big right hands and knees in the corner but Langston came back with a series of belly to belly suplexes. He sent Swagger into the corner and charged but Swagger slipped out of the ring. Langston followed and sent him into the steps.
Zeb tried to distract Langston but he still speared Swagger into the steps. Langston tried to pull him into the ring but was yanked down to the floor and nailed with a running clothesline.
Back in the ring, Swagger continued working over Langston and tried to put him in a submission combination. Langston fired back but was cut off with a big kick and an elbowdrop. He worked over Langston who came back with a belly to belly suplex and a big elbow.
Langston went for the splash but Swagger popped up and slammed him down. Swagger went for a Vader Bomb out of the corner but Langston moved and caught him. He muscled Swagger over the ropes to the apron and speared him off to the floor with both of them crashing down hard. The crowd chanted, “Holy sh**.”
Swagger was bleeding from the mouth. Langston brought him into the ring for a two count. He nailed a big splash for another two count. Langston went to the top but Swagger cut him off and nailed a belly to belly throw suplex for a near fall.
Swagger locked in the Patriot Lock in the center. Langston made it to the ropes. They slugged it out. Swagger went for a Gutwrench suplex but Langston forced his way out. They went back and forth until Langston was locked in the Patriot Lock.
Langston was able to get to his feet and nailed an enzuigiri while locked in the move, then nailed The Big Ending for the pin.
Your winner and still WWE Intercontinental champion, Big E!
A really good physical match. This was probably the best showing for E. on the main roster to date. Good stuff!
Bad News Barrett rose up on a new, better looking platform and said he had some bad news and that was that Russia won more Olympic medals than The Americans and now we have to wait four years for them to do it again.
They talked about the Hulk Hogan WWE return. I think you may have read about that a few weeks ago when I broke it!
They reviewed the beating Daniel Bryan has taken over the last few weeks. Bryan was interviewed by Byron Saxton, with his shoulder taped up. He said that no matter what, he gives 100% all of the time. He doesn't know if that will be enough to be champion. He said that he does know that they will go after his shoulder and that this match will be painful and that he will do everything he can to go on and main event Wrestlemania....YES! YES!
WWE Tag Team champions The New Age Outlaws vs. The Usos
The Usos controlled early and teased doing stereo dives but The Outlaws got out of the way. When they returned to the ring, Jey controlled Road Dogg until he kicked him hard and hiptossed him into the buckles.
Road Dogg antagonized Jimmy, who argued with the referee, allowing him to dump Jey to the outside. Billy Gunn tagged in and worked over Jey, then tagged in Road Dogg, who nailed a stiff kick for a two count, then cinched in a side chinlock.
Jey kicked Road Dogg. Jimmy tagged in as did Gunn. Gunn was beaten down with chops and nailed with a sitdown atomic drop. Road Dogg was tossed to the outside. Gunn was nailed with a Samoan Drop. Gunn was pulled to the outside but Jey hit a dive to the outside.
Gunn nailed Jimmy and went for the Famouser. Jimmy escaped and nailed a kick for a two count. He nailed Road Dogg with a superkick to send him off the apron but Gunn rolled him up (and I believe hooked the tights) to score the pin.
Your winners and still WWE Tag Team champions, The New Age Outlaws!
OK match. Nothing off the charts but it was solid all the way through.
Lots of CM Punk chants during the Tag Title match.
Bad News Barrett had some more bad news. This time, his platform didn't even work. He said the news was that Daniel Bryan won't win and all the fickle fans will turn on him.