– Santino Marella vs. Ricardo Rodriguez
Santino is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and he’s got on a horrible powder blue tuxedo. He gets a big pop as Cole and Lawler recap the feud between Santino and an announcer that’s taking up PPV time.
Ricardo Rodriguez is out next, and he’s got some horribly stereotypical mariachi music, not even getting to come out to Alberto Del Rio’s music like he did at the Royal Rumble.
The bell rings and Santino and Ricardo have a pose off, showing off their tuxes to the crowd. Santino gets cheers and Ricardo gets boos, obviously. Ricardo shoves Santino. Santino shoves him back. Ricardo rips Santino’s pocket, so Santino returns the favor and rips off Ricardo’s jacket arm.
Ricardo messes with Santino’s jacket, so Santino comes back and does the same, hitting an atomic drop, and reverse atomic drop before ripping off Ricardo’s jacket. He uses the jacket to taunt Ricardo like a bullfighter, causing Ricardo to tumble to the outside. Richardo heads back in and Santino catches him with a drop toe hold, taking off one shoe, then the other.
Santino slams Ricardo’s head into the corner before ripping off his shirt. Santino hits a hip toss, then pulls out the cobra. Ricardo rips at Santino’s face before taking the cobra away and throwing it to the crowd. Ricardo rips off Santino’s shoes and pants. Santino turns out to be wearing another cobra on his foot.
He kicks Ricardo in the chest, then rips off his pants.
Winner: Santino Marella
Ricardo is shown to be wearing underwear with Alberto Del Rio’s face on the bottom.
CM Punk is backstage with Matt Striker. Punk says AJ is crazy and he digs crazy chicks, but this match isn’t about her. It’s about his WWE Title. Punk is more focused than he’s ever been. He’s competing against a technician and a monster. He says the odds are stacked against him, but he’s been beating the odds his whole life. AJ comes in and wishes Punk luck, kissing him on the cheek. Punk says luck is for losers, then walks out. Striker puts the mic in AJ’s face, and she gives him a dirty look.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
– Christian (c) vs. Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes is the first man to make his way out for the next man, and the former champion doesn’t get much of a reaction out of the crowd. Christian is out next, and he gets a warmer reaction from the crowd, who were likely slowed down a bit by the last match.
The bell rings and both men begin circling. They lock up and begins fighting around the ring. Christian sends Rhodes into the ropes and runs into a shoulder block. Rhodes lays in with a couple of kicks to the gut before running into a trio of shoulder blocks from Christian.
Rhodes shoves Christian so Christian responds with a slap. Christian runs into a shoulder to the gut. Rhodes tries to suplex Christian to the outside, but Christian ducks through Rhodes legs and pulls him to the outside. Christian heads back into the ring and hits a dropkick through the bottom and middle ropes, but Cody pulls Christian’s feet out from under him and the champ crashes to the apron. Rhodes brings things back into the ring and wears Christian down with a series of knees and stomps.
Christian avoids a big boot in the corner by going to the outside. Christian tries to wrap Rhodes’ leg around the ring post, but Rhodes pulls Christian back into the ring post head first. Rhodes begins things back into the ring and hits a big front suplex for a two count. Rhodes blasts Christian with a big blow to the back before choking and punching him in the corner. Rhodes takes Christian down to the mat and goes to work on the shoulder and arm.
Rhodes breaks the hold and seats Christian on the top rope. Christian fights Rhoes off, but Rhodes shoves Christian and the champion crashes to the apron and out to the floor. Cody heads to the outside and tries to throw Christian into the ring steps, but Christian turns it around. Christian comes up with a huge tornado DDT on the floor. Both men are able to make it back into the ring, and Christian hits a big right hand, then a clothesline. Christian heads to the middle rope and hits a big dropkick that’s good for a two count.
Christian sends Rhodes into the ropes. Rhodes avoids the right hand, but Christian comes back by snapping Rhodes’ neck against the top rope. Rhodes is almost able to roll up Christian for a pinfall, but Christian kicks out. Rhodes takes Christian down to the mat, then heads up to the middle rope. Christian is up and he takes Rhodes out with a big hurricanrana for another near fall.
Rhodes and Christian trade rights and Rhodes goes after the bad shoulder of Christian, sending him to the mat for another two count. Christian tries for the killswitch, but Cody turns it around and hits a big Alabama slam. Cody pins Christian, but Christian kicks out. Rhodes fights back up to his feet and he teases the killswitch, but Christian counters with a reverse DDT. Christian waits for Rhodes to get to his feet and tries for a spear, but Rhodes ducks to the outside. Christian hits a sunset flip when Rhodes gets back into the ring, but it’s reversed for a near fall for Cody. Christian hits the killswitch, but Cody kicks out at two!
Christian heads to the top, but Cody is up. Christian fights him off and sends him to the mat. Christian tries for the frog splash but Cody gets his knees up. Cody misses the disaster kick, Christian can’t hit the killswitch, Cody misses the disaster kick again, and Christian hits the spear to put away the challenger with a three count.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental champion: Christian
Tag Team Fatal 4-Way Match to Determine No. One Contender for WWE Tag Team Championship
– Primo & Epico w/Abraham Washington & Rosa Mendes vs. Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd vs. Titus O’Neil & Darren Young vs. Jimmy & Jey Uso
Primo and Epico are the first team out to the ring with AW and Rose Mendes in tow. They don’t get much of a reaction at all. We get a backstage YouTube pre-show moment, where AW promised Primo and Epico the biggest spotlight of their lives.
Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel are the second team out to the ring, followed quickly by Darren Young and Titus O’Neil.
The last team out to the ring is the Uso’s who like everyone else, don’t get much of a reaction.
The bell rings and one of the Uso’s and Titus kick things off. Titus slams Jey to the mat before tagging in Young. Titus tries to suplex Young onto Jey, but Jey moves and tags in Jimmy. Jimmy hits a quick blow to the chest before tagging back out to Jey. Epico tags himself into the match and takes Jey to the mat.
Jey is able to tag back out to Jimmy and Jimmy comes in and takes Epico to the mat with a bubba bomb. Gabriel tags himself in, and he and Uso show off a bit of their fancy footwork before locking up. Gabriel takes Uso to the mat with a headlock.
Jey tags back in and hits a huge Samoan drop. Titus tags himself in and tries to steal a pin on Gabriel but only gets two. Gabriel tries to fight back against Titus, but Titus takes him down to the mat. Young tags in and Titus suplexes him onto Gabriel. Young tosses Gabriel hard into the ropes before ripping at his face and locking in a rear chin lock. Gabriel fights up to his feet, and counters a back drop, landing on his feet and hitting a heel kick. Epico tags in and goes to work on Gabriel, using quick tags to take him to task. Gabriel fights his way out of a submission, but it back dropped to the mat three times in a row by Epico.
Primo tags in and kicks at Gabriel before dropping a big leg. Primo hits a couple of nasty elbows before blasting Gabriel with a kick to the mat. He picks him up to slam him back down again, but he misses a springboard senton. Kidd tags in and hits a big springboard dropkick. A series of kicks takes Primo down for a two count. Tyson drops a big leg over the ropes to the outside while Primo is draped across the bottom rope. Kidd hits a beautiful top rope move, but things are broken up by Epico. Things begin to break down. Primo hits Kidd with a backstabber, but it’s broken up by Titus. The Uso’s come in and take out everyone. Primo almost scores a pin, but Kidd kicks out.
Young makes a blind tag, but falls to the outside. Kidd puts Primo on the top rope and hits a crazy hurricanrana, sending Primo crashing into everyone on the floor on the outside. AW rolls Young and Primo back into the ring. Young hits a gutbuster and pins Primo for the three while Epico is held back by AW.
Winners: Darren Young and Titus O’Neil
Following the match, Primo and Epico seem upset with AW when he starts to celebrate with Titus and Young. They attack, but Young and Titus jump them, and they send Primo and Epico to the outside. AW holds Young and Titus’ hands high, as they stand over the competition.