WWE Battleground has come and gone, and we are gearing up for Hell in a Cell at the end of the month. The WWE Title is still in abeyance, The Big Show got involved, and it's pretty clear the three are going to be in a Hell in a Cell match in a few weeks. How do we get there?
We will also get follow up on the re-hiring of the Rhodes family, the next chapter in CM Punk and Paul Heyman, plus much more!
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Here we go!
We begin with a recap of last night's main event, with highlights of The Big Show laying waste. We welcome one of the "principal owners" of WWE, Stephanie McMahon. Steph is angry that the WWE Championship match was "compromised." Orton and Bryan are livid. She demands that The Big Show come out to the ring. She's snarling.
The Big Show's music hits and he walks to the ring with a smirk. Show starts to talk but Step cuts him off. She says last night was inexcusable. I hate this angle. He apologizes. She calls him a sorry pathetic abuse of life. Blah blah. They just want him to be professional. She tells him to man up. He says "Ok. Can I go now?" She gets in his face and says no. They own him. She demands he gets on his knees and begs. This is really horrible.
Show just smirks. She continues to run him down. He says he's not begging. He knocked out Randy Orton because he couldn't take it any more. He knocked out Daniel Bryan because she told him to. She says they weren't even here. He calls Brad Maddox a puppet. She slaps him in the face repeatedly. She fires him. Big Show is fired.
He smiles and walks out of the ring.
Later tonight, Goldust, Cody Rhodes and Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield!
Steph is doing a fine job as a heel, but I just hate the angle. She flip flops so often, she's like a bipolar girlfriend. I can't stand this angle. I'm glad they fired Big Show, so finally this can go somewhere.
Dolph Ziggler hits the ring. He's got a rematch against Damien Sandow, from last night.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow
Sandow hits a nice snap suplex early on. Sandow has control. He locks in a scissors headlock, but Dolph works out. We go to break.
Sandow is still in control after the break. Elbow of Disdain. Two count. Sandow sends Ziggler over the top rope and out of the ring. Sandow is more aggressive than usual. It's a nice touch.
Ziggler gets the fire lit under his tush and goes on the offense. He attacks Sandow outside the ring with a flurry of elbows. Sandow catches Ziggler on the top rope and goes for a cover. Ziggler barely kicks out. Fameasser and Ziggler gets the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Good match from these guys. They have good chemistry together. I'd like to see a higher level feud out of these two some day.
Backstage, Steph is scolding Brad Maddox for last night's failures (including the blackout). She tells him to apologize, and explain how he's going to make it up to the WWE Universe. Still not liking this.
Back from break, we get a video package about the Triple H lovefest DVD.
Bruno Sammartino made an appearance in his hometown tonight. 78 years old. Happy Birthday Bruno!
Time for a pointless Divas match!
Natalya & Jo Jo & Eva Marie vs. Alicia Fox & Aksana & Rosa Mendes
I'm not sure Eva Marie and JoJo have had a match yet. I still don't get the cooperation between the heels and Natalya here. Anyhow...
Eva Marie gets beat down most of the match here. Makes the hot tag to Nattie. Jo Jo has not been in the ring yet. Natalya hits a clothesline and a Sharpshooter to get the submission victory on Alicia Fox.
Winner: Natalya & JoJo & Eva Marie
After the match, Brad Maddox comes out to stand on the ramp. He wants to publically apologies for this match. I mean, the PPV. He makes a Hell in a Cell match between Orton & Bryan. The match will have a special guest referee. The fans will get to choose between three people. Download and use the app.
Maddox introduces Booker T as one of the possible candidates. Booker is going to do the right thing for people, and the right thing for business. Can you dig that?
Up next, Los Matadores. El Generico wants his gimmick back.
3MB is in the ring, looking more and more ridiculous. Los Matadores come out. I'm sorry. This is dumb.
3MB vs. Los Matadores
It's Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre here. They're taking it to the Matadores. It's a decent enough tag match. Matadores get the victory after a tandem move. After the match, El Torito taunts Heath Slater, and hits a top rope hurricarana on him to send him out of the ring.
Backstage, Ryback, Curtis Axel, and Paul Heyman head out to the ring.
What can I say about the tag match that doesn't speak for itself? El Torito is for little kids. I'm sure he's a fine wrestler, but the concept makes me want to stab myself repeatedly.
Paul Heyman is in the ring with his "guys." He brags about his victory against Punk. He says CM Punk did pin Ryback last night. Heyman calls Punk a bully and a cheater. On cue, here's CM Punk!
Punk says he kicked Ryback in the balls to see if he had any. Heyman and Punk jaw back and forth. CM Punk says they must be out there for a rematch/challenge. He says challenge accepted. Heyman tells Ryback that he's bullying him and he wants him to do something about it. Ryback calls Punk out, R-Truth's music hits out of nowhere. Looks like we've got ourselves a tag match.
CM Punk & R-Truth vs. Curtis Axel & Ryback
Punk & Axel start things off, Ryback's not interested in Punk. I blinked and R-Truth was in the ring. We go to break.
We're back, and Ryback tags in. He talks trash to R-Truth but Truth fights back. Naturally, a Goldberg chant breaks out. Ryback bearhugs Truth, tag to Axel.
This is a pretty bland match.
R-Truth counters something and CM Punk is on fire. Hot tag. Axel is in the ring. He gets the beatdown. Top rope elbow from Punk. GTS. Ryback runs in, Punk kicks him in the head. Tag to Truth, Axe Kick, winner. Axel loses.
Winner: CM Punk & R-Truth
CM Punk basically single-handedly took out Curtis Axel and Ryback. Why would we pay $50+ to see him face either again?
Bob Backlund is a candidate for the special guest referee for Hell in a Cell. Vote for him because he's CRAAAAZZZZY. He doesn't like using the word "Hell." I have no idea what he's saying. He's yelling a lot. They are clearly stacking the deck for the last choice here.
Kofi Kingston hits the ring. He's facing Randy Orton.
Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton
Here's a spoiler: Randy Orton is going to win. Unless he DQ's himself anyhow. He's tossing Kingston into the barricade repeatedly. Back in the ring, Kofi hits a flying clothesline, a few kicks, and sends Orton outside the ring. Orton paces outside.
Orton shows some great fire here. Kingston fights back. Kofi looks good too. Kofi misses a springboard cross-body attempt and we go to break.
We're back after break, and Orton has a headlock on Kofi. It's a standard match from these two, but they have good chemistry. Corkscrew DDT from the top rope and both men are out. Kofi ducks through the ropes and hits a kick. Flying cross body for two.
Kofi goes for his finisher but Orton ducks. He hits the SOS for a near fall. Kofi hangs Orton up on the ropes. Kofi leaps off the top rope and Orton catches him for a powerslam. It was damn close. Could've been a finisher, honestly.
The action spills outside, and Orton sets Kofi on the barricade. DDT to the floor. Orton rolls Kofi back into the ring before the count. RKO for the win.
Winner: Randy Orton
After the match, Daniel Bryan hits the ring and attacks Orton. They need five referees to pull apart this brawl. Finlay and Jamie Noble sighting too!
Really good TV match. I always felt like a main event feud between these two could've been fun.
Backstage, Vickie Guerreo is chewing some poor sob out for taking a day off. Alberto Del Rio approaches, asks for the night off. He trusts her to find the right opponent for him in the future. He really butters her up, gives her a kiss, then walks away. He gives her his towel first. She drops it on the floor when he's gone.
Final candidate for the Hell in a Cell referee choice, and the surefire winner: Shawn Michaels. He says he knows people are aware he and Triple H are close personal friends, but this is about business. He mentions that he trained Daniel Bryan. He won't let that sway him, nor his friendship with Triple H. When it comes to Orton, they don't like each other. Anyhow. Vote for him, because you will anyhow.
After break, ANOTHER recap of Show getting slapped.
Alberto Del Rio hits the ring. Vickie Guerrero interrupts his entrance. She introduces his opponent for tonight - Ricardo Rodriguez.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Ricardo Rodriguez
The bell rings, but Vickie interrupts once more - Del Rio is defending his World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena.
Ricardo gets a quick rollup and the victory!
After the match, Rodriguez stands on the announce table, and Alberto knocks him down. He puts Ricardo's arm in a chair and stomps the hell out of it. Cross-armbreaker. The refs tear him off.
Very surprised to hear John Cena is coming back, and facing Alberto Del Rio to boot. Gives the title some prestige. Of course, the big news (though not surprising) is Cena's early return. This is kind of what he does.
Zack Ryder stands in the ring. Summer Rae and Fandango dance their way out.
Fandango vs. Zack Ryder
Fandango is in charge here. Ryder nearly hits a Broski Boot but Fandango ducks out. Action spills outside. Back inside, and Fandango wins after a top-rope legdrop. Crowd doesn't care.
By the way, Shawn Michaels won the vote for Hell in a Cell. Surprisingly, Bob Backlund came in a very strong second place. Booker T got destroyed. Only 7% of the vote.
Back from break, and we're getting a rematch from yesterday it looks like.
The Real Americans vs. Santino Marella & The Great Khali
I missed the Cesaro Swing last night. He better do it again.
Swagger and Santino start it off. Some comedy spots. Tag to Cesaro. Tag back to Swagger. A "We The People" chant breaks out.
Khali and Cesaro are in. Khali gets dropped and Cesaro hits the Cesaro Swing on him again. Very impressive. Cesaro gets the pin.
Winners: The Real Americans
Post-match comedy ensues. Cesaro swings Hornswaggle, but Santino hits a cobra. Khali with a chop. Real Americans flee.
After the break, The Miz comes out to the ring. MizTV time. Yay. He begins his speech, but Bray Wyatt interrupts. Wyatt comes to the ring, but Harper and Rowan are already in the ring when the lights come on. Miz runs through Wyatt and makes it to the top of the ramp. Wyatt holds back Rowan and Harper and just laughs.
Backstage, Brad Maddox and Stephanie McMahon are talking. Triple H "arrives" and says he'll personally head out to the ring for the main event.
The Shield come to the ring. We go to break.
I was very uninterested in The Miz tonight, until Bray Wyatt came out. I like the idea of this. I think it could really work well. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.
Back from break, Goldust, Cody Rhodes, and Daniel Bryan hit the ring. Before the match starts, Triple H comes out. He sits ringside.
The Shield vs. Daniel Bryan & Goldust & Cody Rhodes
Goldust and Seth Rollins start things off. Goldust has things under control, tag to Cody. Nice dropkick for a two-count. Dean Ambrose is in. Rhodes hits a front suplex, two count.
Rhodes goes up top but Dean Ambrose pushes him off the top rope to the outside, as we go to break.
We're back, and Ambrose is working Cody in the corner. Stomp to the gut. Up to the top rope, and Ambrose teases a top rope German suplex, but Rhodes fights out and hits a moonsault. Hot tag to Daniel Bryan. The place explodes. It's Bryan and Rollins. Rollins takes a nasty looking German. Top rope hurricarana. All hell breaks loose. All six men are in the ring. Disaster kick to Roman Reigns' face. Rollins hits a German Suplex, but Daniel Bryan lands on his feet. He locks in a Yes! lock. Ambrose comes in with a chair and the ref calls for the DQ.
Triple H calls for the match to restart. No DQ. The Rhodes are fighting outside the ring with Ambrose and Reigns. Daniel Bryan runs out and dives on them. Out of nowhere, Randy Orton runs in and hits an RKO. He rolls Bryan back in the ring, and Rollins gets the cover for the win.
Winners: The Shield
Triple H nods to The Shield, and they attack the faces. Big Show's music hits, and he comes out to the ramp. Triple H slides into the ring with The Shield. The Shield attacks Big Show, but he disposes of them quick. They take out his legs and beat him down, however. Show tosses The Shield and KO Punches Triple H in the middle of the ring. The fans go nuts.
Daniel Bryan stands over Triple H in the middle of the ring, leading the crowd in a Yes chant. We close out with Pittsburgh going crazy with Daniel Bryan leading the chants.
Hot ending to a mediocre show. The fans were into it and you can tell they've been waiting for this for months. I hope they don't blow it from here. There's a good thing going.
The announcement of John Cena returning brings up some interesting things. If Cena wins at Hell in a Cell, could we be looking towards a unification match at Survivor Series? I could see Cena challenging Bryan. After all, Cena never had his rematch.
Thanks for turning in with me tonight! Keep your eyes open for Bill Wentz's Afterthoughts tomorrow!