Josh Mathews is backstage with Sheamus. He asks him about Dolph. Sheamus says he’s not worried about the future, he’s worried about tonight. He says Del Rio is a vicious competitor. He says he’s a bit of a car enthusiast himself. He doesn’t need a fancy car or hood ornament though, because the only ornament he needs is his title. He’s fine driving a clunker that gets the job done. A car that’ll end up in a scrap yard. He says that’s funny because tonight next to the transmissions, you’ll find Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez.
The Miz makes his return to the WWE after a two-month period of absence. He actually gets a little ‘Miz is awesome’ chant. He asks if the crowd missed him and he gets a little pop. He says he was off filming a movie and you’re looking at a bona fide movie star. He says he was treated with the respect he earned and has been denied far too long. He says he has won the Money in the Bank ladder match and has successfully cashed in for the contract. Tonight, he’s tired of being overlooked, and he wants to make a sudden impact, so tonight the Raw Money in the Bank match will have five competitors, and Miz will prevail over everyone else. He will eventually become the WWE Champion again. Why? Because he’s the Miz, and he a movie star, and he’s awesome.
We get a little Raw moment since the 1000th episode is coming up. It’s a review of when Tony Shiavone made a comment about Mick Foley winning the WWE Championship, and over 600,000 people changed the channel. Cool little moment from the Monday night wars that’s paired with some thoughts from Foley.
World Heavyweight Championship Match
– Sheamus (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
We get a video package that recaps the recent history between Sheamus and Del Rio, Including Del Rio and Ricardo making fun of Sheamus with a bit of imitation.
Alberto Del Rio is the first man to make his way out to the ring. He drives out in a pretty nice Cobra. He revs the engine a couple of times before heading down to the ring.
Sheamus is out next, and the champ gets a pretty nice pop as he makes his way out.
After formal ring introductions from Ricardo and Lillian for Del Rio and Sheamus, respectively, we’re ready for the match to begin.
The bell rings and we get a lock up right away. Sheamus punches Del Rio and sends him from the ring. Del Rio confers with Ricardo for a minute as Sheamus is held back by the ref. Del Rio slaps Sheamus and Sheamus attacks, pounding away on Del Rio in the corner. Sheamus is pulled off by the ref, but he goes right back to pounding Del Rio in the corner again. Del Rio takes Sheamus down with an arm bar, but Sheamus fights up and sends Del Rio into the ropes for an elbow. Del Rio takes Sheamus into the corner and blasts him with a big kick before taking him down in another arm bar.
Sheamus hits Del Rio with a knee to the back of the head that’s good for a two count. He drops a series of three knees that’s good for another near fall. Del Rio kicks Sheamus and hits him with a big dropkick. He charges Sheamus but ends up flying through the ropes out to the apron. Sheamus takes Del Rio into the corner before simply suplexing him from the apron into the ring. Sheamus heads up to the top rope and launches himself off with a giant shoulder tackle that’s good for two. Del Rio heads to the outside and Sheamus follows, throwing Del Rio right back in. Ricardo distracts Sheamus, and that allows Del Rio to hit an enzugiri to send Sheamus out to the floor.
Del Rio heads to the outside and slams Sheamus’ arm into the ring steps before slapping Sheamus and sending him into the ring. Del Rio heads to the top and hits a cross body. He locks on another arm bar, but Sheamus gets right up and head butts his way out of the hold before hitting a big axe handle smash. Del Rio executes a single arm DDT before hitting repeated knee drops and stomping at Sheamus shoulder. Del Rio locks in a key lock hold, continuing the arm work. Sheamus gets to his feet, but Del Rio hits him with a kick to the back of the head, then another. Del Rio gets a one count.
Del Rio locks in another arm submission, but Sheamus is quick to fight out of it. Del Rio head butts Sheamus, but then runs right into a big boot and eats a swinging neckbreaker. Sheamus charges in with a couple of axe handle smashes, but Del Rio comes with back with a kick and flying knee to get another near fall. Del Rio kicks at Sheamus, but Sheamus retaliates with right hands. Sheamus charges Del Rio, but Del Rio moves and Sheamus charges shoulder first into the ring post. Del Rio wraps Sheamus’ arm around the ring post before getting another near fall. Sheamus tries to fight back, but Del Rio proves to be too much with another head butt.
Del Rio tries for the cross arm breaker, but Sheamus avoids it. Del Rio sends Sheamus out to the ring apron and when he comes back in, he catches him with what looks to be a code breaker to Sheamus’ arm. Del Rio looks to be getting frustrated, grabbing at Sheamus’ face. Sheamus deposits Del Rio in the corner before hitting a running knee and a huge slam for a two count. Sheamus gets Del Rio on the apron and ties his arms up, hitting repeated clubbing blows to Del Rio’s chest. Del Rio responds by grabbing Sheamus’ arm and dropping it down on the top rope. Del Rio heads into the ring and is caught with an Irish curse backbreaker for another two count.
Del Rio catches Sheamus with a boot, but misses the follow up. Sheamus tries for the bicycle kick, but Del Rio moves and hits a lungblower for another two count. Del Rio hits Sheamus with a soccer ball kick to the ribs before backing up and waiting for him to stand in the corner. Del Rio misses an enzugiri in the corner and Sheamus hits the celtic cross. Sheamus stands and begins getting himself psyched up. He charges in with the bicycle kick and he pins Del Rio for the three count.
Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Sheamus
On his way out of the ring, Ricardo jumps on Sheamus’ back. Del Rio attacks as well and the two stomp away at Sheamus, choking him and stomping on his face.
Dolph Ziggler’s music hits, and the show-off makes his way out.
Ziggler hands over his briefcase, but the bell doesn’t ring. Sheamus hits a bicycle kick, and Ziggler is out. Cole explains that Sheamus is still the champ and Ziggler still has his briefcase.
We get a recap of the interview between Josh Matthews and Daniel Bryan during the pre-show. Bryan calls AJ his future wife and says she would have said yes had CM Punk not been there poisoning her mind. Matthews says she slapped him in the face. Bryan says he clearly doesn’t understand women. That kind of passion is something only soul mates can share. Tonight she’ll make the tough and necessary decisions. She’ll be fair. He’ll emerge with the championship and AJ’s heart. Yes, yes, yes.