Tables Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
– Big Show © vs. Cody Rhodes
We get footage of the wheel being spun earlier to determine the stipulation of the match. It was determined to be a tables match. Cody Rhodes blames Teddy for the match, since he spun the wheel.
Big Show is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and the champion doesn’t get much of a reaction from the crowd, but what he does get is positive. Cody Rhodes is out next, and he looks at some of the tables lining the entranceway on the way down.
The bell rings and Show attacks, taking Cody into the corner and beating him down. Show hits Cody with a nasty chop to the chest before back dropping him way up into the air. Cody drops out of the ring to the floor, and Show follows. Show hits Cody with another big chop to the chest.
Show grabs a table and sets it up on the outside. Show shoulders Cody, but Rhodes fights out and hits a chop block. Show shoves Rhodes into the barricade, and hits him with another chop to the chest before picking him up and whipping him back toward the ringside area. Show rolls Rhodes into the ring and grabs a table, sliding it in and heading in afterwards. Show props the table up in the corner and turns around. Show tries to send Rhodes through the table, but Rhodes plants off of it and hits the disaster kick. Show responds by getting up and hitting a shoulder block that sends Rhodes to the outside.
Show heads out and whips Cody into the barricade before chopping his chest and sending him back into the ring. Cody bails out on the other side and grabs a table. Show follows and stops him, but Cody gets in a couple of shots, only to be laid out by Show. Show sends Rhodes back into the ring and grabs another table, bringing it into the ring before heading back in himself.
Rhodes hits Show with a dropkick and Show drops down, putting his foot through a table. The ref calls for the bell and Show looks stunned.
Winner: and NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes
Show heads back into the ring and hits Rhodes with a spear while he’s celebrating. Show sets up a table in the middle of the ring and grabs Cody around the throat. Show picks him up and hits a chokeslam, sending Rhodes through the table.
Show starts to head to the back, but he stops himself. Show picks up Rhodes and presses him over his head, tossing him over the ropes, to the outside, and through yet another table. Show heads out to the back, looking furious.
Rhodes is slow to recover, but he shrugs off help, and grabs his title, heading to the back under his own power.
Matt Striker is backstage with Daniel Bryan. Bryan says that teachers like Striker are why the American education system has fallen. Bryan says he gets more chicks than Sheamus. His beard is better. His stomach isn’t weight down by corned beef. He’s better in every way imaginable. Bryan says Sheamus is like the Chicago crowd. Overrated and unimaginative. Bryan says he’ll become the two time World Heavyweight Champion tonight before heading off screaming ‘Yes!’ the whole way. As he walks off, AJ is shown looking on.
2-out-of-3 Falls Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
– Sheamus © vs. Daniel Bryan
We get a video package of the events, starting at WrestleMania, that have led up to this match.
Daniel Bryan is the first man out to the ring, and despite insulting the crowd just a couple of minutes ago, the crowd seems to be behind him, chanting ‘Yes!’ for him. Although there are some boos sprinkled in there. Sheamus is out next, and the Irishman gets a fair amount of boos from the crowd. Sheamus is out wearing a t-shirt that says ’18 seconds’.
The bell rings, and the first fall begins. We get a lock up, and Sheamus locks in a head lock. Bryan fights it off, but falls to a shoulder block. Another lockup, and Sheamus takes Bryan down to the mat. Sheamus goes for a bicycle kick, but Bryan bails into the ropes, forcing Sheamus to back off. Bryan works over Sheamus’ arm, taking him down to his knees, but Sheamus fights back, taking him down and burying his knee in Bryan’s shoulder.
Bryan goes behind Sheamus, but Sheamus turns it around. Sheamus hits another shoulder block. Sheamus shoulders Bryan and connects with a rolling senton for a near fall. Bryan goes for something, but Sheamus rolls through and locks in a Texas cloverleaf. Bryan makes it into the ropes to force a break. Sheamus pulls Bryan back into the ring, but ends up in a small package for two. Sheamus connects with a clothesline before slamming Bryan head first into the corner. Sheamus chokes Bryan with his boot before whipping him across the ring. Bryan back flips over Sheamus and connects with a nice clothesline.
Sheamus bails to the apron and Bryan kicks him to the outside. Bryan heads to the apron and leaps off but he’s caught by Sheamus and slammed hard into the ringside barricade. Sheamus sends Bryan back into the ring and he goes to the top, but Bryan hits the ropes and crotches Sheamus. Bryan kicks away at Sheamus, stomping at his knee.
Bryan drops his knee into Sheamus’ face a couple of times before locking in a hammerlock. Sheamus holds on to the hammerlock with his knee, and grabs Sheamus’ other arm, stretching it back hard, and standing on it with his foot, pinning Sheamus for two. Bryan continues to work over the arm, but Sheamus fights up to his feet and out of the hold. Bryan catches Sheamus with a knee to the stomach, then a low dropkick for a one count.
Bryan stands on Sheamus’ head before kicking at him. Bryan hits Sheamus with a European uppercut. Sheamus tries to come back, but he’s rolled up by Bryan. Bryan hits another uppercut before choking Sheamus in the ropes. Bryan tells the ref he has until 5!
Bryan continues the arm work, grounding Sheamus and putting on another hammerlock. Sheamus fights back up to his feet and elbows his way out of the hold again, but Bryan kicks him and hits another uppercut. Bryan runs into a clothesline, then eats a spear in the corner, and a running knee lift. Bryan rolls out to the apron. Sheamus grabs his arms and hits a series of clubbing blows to Bryan’s chest. Sheamus pulls Bryan back into the ring and hits a fall away slam for a two count.
Bryan fights out of a hold from Sheamus and catches his with a kick to the face and a roll up for two. Sheamus looks to be worn out. Bryan stomps away at Sheamus repeatedly, picking him up and sitting him on the top. Bryan tries for a hurricanrana, but Sheamus holds on and leaps out of the corner with a battering ram. Sheamus goes for the pin, but he only gets two.
Bryan rolls to the apron. Sheamus tries to suplex him back into the ring, but Bryan lands on his feet. Sheamus charges and Bryan low bridges him, sending him to the outside. Bryan goes to leap through the ropes, but he’s caught with a big forearm. Sheamus goes for the razor’s edge, but Bryan counters with a roll up for two. Bryan tries for the Yes! lock, but Sheamus fights it off. Bryan shoves Sheamus shoulder first into the ring post, and Sheamus falls to the outside. Bryan follows and slams Sheamus into the ringpost twice.
Bryan sends Sheamus back into the ring and wraps his arm around the ring post a couple of times. Bryan heads in after Sheamus and kicks at his shoulder repeatedly, screaming yes the whole time. Bryan ends up being DQ’ed by the ref.
Winner of the 1st fall: Sheamus
Bryan charges in with a big dropkick. Sheamus falls in the middle of the ring and Bryan locks in the Yes! lock. Bryan cranks back. Sheamus tries to reach the ropes, but he fades. Bryan continues to pull back hard. The referee calls for the bell as Sheamus is out.
Winner of the 2nd fall: Daniel Bryan
The ringside doctor comes in to check on Sheamus. Sheamus is unresponsive. Bryan is leading the crowd in dueling ‘Yes!’/’No!’ chants. Sheamus gets up to his knees.
Sheamus says that he wants to continue. It seems as though the doctors will allow him to continue. Bryan charges in, and Sheamus connects with the bicycle kick. Sheamus crawls over into a covers, but Bryan is able to kick out at two.
Both men are slow to get to their feet. Bryan uses the ropes to get to his feet. Bryan hits a sick kick and Sheamus returns with a blow to the gut. Bryan comes back with another kick, and a kick to the side of the head, but Sheamus wont stay down for three. Bryan heads up to the top rope, but he’s stopped by Sheamus. Sheamus hits Bryan with a couple of forearms, then follows up after him. Sheamus tries for a superplex, but Bryan fights it off with head butts. Bryan goes for a flying head butt, but Sheamus moves.
Bryan goes for a corner dropkick, but Sheamus moves. Sheamus connects with a Polish hammer, then another. Sheamus hits a urunage backbreaker. Sheamus hypes himself up, pounding on his chest, before hitting Bryan with another bicycle kick. Sheamus pins Bryan and gets the three count.
Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Sheamus
– Aaron Relic & Jay Hatton vs. Ryback
Santino is shown watching a monitor backstage and the Great Khali comes in to join. Two jobbers are introduced. One of them grabs a mic and says that on Smackdown, a couple of guys have tried to make their name, but no Superstar stands a chance against these two. The other guy grabs the mic and says something about two being greater than one. He continues chanting this mantra until he’s interrupted by Ryback’s music.
Ryback heads straight into the ring. The bell rings and one of the jobbers gets onto the apron. The crowd is chanting ‘Goldberg’.
The jobber gets in a couple of kicks, and a forearm, but Ryback is unfazed as he kicks the kid to the mat and slams him down repeatedly. Ryback pulls the kid up to his shoulder and slams him to the mat. He drags the kid over to the corner, but his partner doesn’t want to tag in. Ryback pulls him into the ring and hits a massive clothesline before planting him with a backpack stunner.
Ryback picks up the first jobber and hits his crazy running suplex finisher before stacking the two jobbers on top of each other and pinning them both for three.
CM Punk is backstage with Matt Striker. Punk soaks in the cheers from the Chicago crowd. Punk says tonight’s not just any old title match, it’s a Chicago street fight. He doesn’t think Jericho knows what that means. Punk says on Raw he passed his field sobriety test with flying colors. Punk says he exorcises his genetic demons by stepping in the ring. Punk says tonight he gets to prove he’s the best in the world in front of his family and all his friends in Chicago. He says tomorrow Jericho is going to wake up with a hangover because Punk is going to put him to sleep.