Here’s a fun fact to start off tonight: Tonight’s episode marks the one-year anniversary of Main Event!
Santino Marella makes his way to the ring sporting a pink WWE shirt. Alex Riley joins Josh Mathews once again for commentary this week. Damien Sandow enters with a mic. He says something that is intellectual and above my vocabulary, before saying all hail Santino, the king of the stupid! And, he is the uncrowned world champion.
Santino Marella vs. Damien Sandow
Sandow immediately goes to the ropes. Santino sets up the cobra, without the sock. Headlock takeover on Marella. Shoulderblock from Sandow. They yell at each other, and they try to take on a another over, but Damien just shoves Santino. Santino flips Sandow over a couple times. Santino power-walks until Sandow knees him. Marella tries for Sandow’s Elbow of Disdain, but Damien gets up and delivers multiple knees to the gut.
Sandow strikes Santino a few times on the mat, cover and kickout. Headlock in place, Santino gets out, but Sandow takes him back down for a pin. Sandow gets Santino back in the ring for a headlock. Damien shoves Santino’s head into the turnbuckle a few times before hitting the Elbow of Disdain. Santino sends a few punches, and flips Sandow over twice. Cobra is brought out, Sandow rolls out of the ring. Sandow steals the cobra. Damien hits his finisher for the win.
Winner: Damien Sandow – by pinfall (9:55)
WWE.com Exclusive: Triple H says he’s tired of the Big Show crying about his personal problems week after week. Friday on SmackDown, Hunter and Show will be under the same roof. Triple H isn’t worried, he’s giving Big Show a main event handicap match against The Shield. If it’s best for business, it’s best for Show.
Darren Young and Titus O’Neil enter. Harper and Rowan, of The Wyatt Family, make their way to the ring in the dark.
Prime Time Players vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
Harper and Young start. Lock up, Harper strikes with an elbow, tag to Rowan. O’Neil is tagged in. Big boot in the corner by Titus, Young covers for a one. Huge side kick by Rowan flattens Darren. Erick picks Young up, and places him in the corner. Harper unloads with punches, cover. Rowan hits a knee drop, followed by an elbow drop. Harper clubs Young in the gut. Young is dragged back into the ring, where Young hits a kick to the temple to get free. O’Neil comes in off the tag to boot Harper. Cover for a two. Rowan throws Young out, and O’Neil takes care of Rowan. Titus turns around into Harper’s clothesline.
Winners: Harper and Rowan – by pinfall (4:21)
Bray Wyatt gets in the ring to hit Titus with Sister Abigail.
Curtis Axel will defend the Intercontinental Championship against R-Truth at Battleground.
The IC Champ, Curtis Axel, makes his way to the ring. Zack Ryder enters.
Curtis Axel (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Zack Ryder
Ryder hits a clothesline, two. Roll-up by Zack, kickout. Clothesline from behind by Axel, slaps to the chest in the corner. Knee drop, two. Elbow drop from the turnbuckle, two. Ryder takes Curtis down with a head-slam. Clothesline and a missle dropkick from Ryder keeps Axel down for a two. Another dropkick, Broski boot connects. Axel kicks Ryder’s head into the turnbuckle. Axel hits the inverted neckbreaker DDT finishing-maneuver for the three.
Winner: Curtis Axel – by pinfall (3:48)
Raw Rebound: Triple H and Stephanie invite The Rhodes Family to the ring. Rhodes lost to Orton, Goldust lost to Orton, and Dusty got KO’ed by Big Show. It’s opportunity #4. They will get their jobs back if they can beat Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns at Battleground. If they lose, no jobs for Cody or Dustyn. And, Dusty will lose his job at NXT. As the Rhodes Family is leaving, The Shield attacks.
Battleground Kickoff: Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow
Tons of Funk dance their way to the ring with Cameron and Naomi at their side. After the commercial, Cesaro and Swagger enter with pink shirts of their own.
Tons of Funk vs. The Real Americans
Swagger goes right after Clay. Brodus slams Swagger a few times before hitting a suplex, pin. Swagger takes out Clay’s knee. Cesaro comes in and swings Cesaro around! Amazing. Cover and kickout. Swagger tags back in, kick and clothesline in the corner. Swagger bomb connects, Cesaro hits the double-boot stomp. Clay flips Jack over his shoulders, Tensai tags in. Sweet T flips onto Cesaro in the corner, two. Clay and Tensai clash against Cesaro. Swagger distracts, and Cesaro hits Tensai with the Neutralizer for the victory.
Winners: Cesaro and Swagger – by pinfall (4:33)
Colter, Cesaro, and Swagger each say We the People in unison. Battleground airs live Sunday night on pay-per-view. Be sure to join us in the live blog during Battleground, lots of fun!
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