We get a recap of the Hair vs. Mask match tonight between El Torito and Hornswoggle, where Hornswoggle lost and was shaven bald.
Rob Van Dam’s music hits, and it’s time to move on to the Intercontinental Championship match. RVD gets a pretty good reaction on his way to the ring.
Wade Barrett is out next, and he gets a pretty darn good pop out of the fans when his music hits. Barrett’s got a mic in hand, and he says for most people who want to see RVD leave the show as new champion, he’s afraid he’s got some bad news. Not only will RVD not get Payback, he won’t be getting any more paychecks after tonight. Someone really needs to put old ‘Yeller down, and the bull hammer is going to send RVD on a permanent summer vactation, because he’s BNB
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Bad News Barrett vs. Rob Van Dam
The bell rings and both men begin circling. We get a lockup and Barrett clamps on a headlock. RVD is quick to fight out of it, going behind Barrett. Barrett and RVD trade right hands, and Barrett goes for another headlock. RVD pushes him away, and both men trade rights. RVD hits a spinning back kick, then gets a near fall for two. Barrett punches and kicks at RVD in the corner. RVD turns things around with a thrust kick from the corner, and a chin breaker. RVD buries his shoulder in Barrett’s midsection in the corner. Barrett ducks a spinning back kick, and follows with a spinning neckbreaker on RVD for two. RVD whips Barrett into the corner and hits a spinning back kick that sends Barrett to the outside. RVD hits a baseball slide that sends Barrett crashing into the barricade.
RVD follows to the outside and whips Barrett into the barricade before tossing him into the front row. RVD catches Barrett with a couple of quick rights while draping him over the barricade. RVD heads to the apron and leaps off with a spinning leg drop across Barrett’s back.
RVD brings things back into the ring, going to the apron and hitting a slingshot leg drop for two. RVD kicks away at Barrett in the corner. Barrett avoids a headscissors, tossing RVD up and kicking him in the gut. RVD rolls out to the apron. Barrett grabs RVD and pulls his throat down across the top rope. Barrett hits a big running boot to knock RVD from the apron and back into the barricade.
Barrett drops an elbow on RVD from the apron before heading back into the ring. RVD is able to make it back into the ring at 8. Barrett stomps away at RVD repeatedly, picking him up on the apron and launching him into the corner. Barrett clubs away at RVD’s back, then catches him with a kick to the gut while he’s laid across the top turnbuckle. Barrett gets a quick two count, then goes right into a rear chin lock.
RVD fights up and out of the hold, but Barrett drops an elbow across the back of RVD’s head. Barrett goes for a pump handle slam, but RVD fights out and lands on his feet, landing a back kick to Barrett to knock him to the mat. Both men are slow to get back to their feet. Van Dam hits a clothesline, then a second, then tosses Barrett into the corner. Van Dam kicks Barrett in the face, then hits a standing kick to the chest before following up with rolling thunder. RVD heads to the top rope, posing for the fans, but he misses the five star frog splash. Barrett calls for the bull hammer, but RVD ducks it. RVD rolls up Barrett for two, but then runs right into winds of change for a near fall for Barrett.
Barrett goes for the elbow on the outside, but RVD ducks and Barrett connects with the ring post. Barrett heads back into the ring, and RVD follows, hitting a slingshot tornado DDT from the apron for another two count. RVD goes to the top again, going for the split leg moonsault, but Barrett gets his knees up. Barrett hits the bull hammer elbow, and scores the three count to end the match.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Bad News Barrett
Cole, Lawler and JBL talk for a bit about the situation that Daniel Bryan faces tonight, before throwing it to a video package that highlights the recent events that have led for Stephanie McMahon to call for Daniel Bryan to surrender his title, or have his wife fired from the WWE.
Back in the arena, Lillian Garcia introduces Stephanie McMahon, who makes her way out to very little reaction from these Chicago fans.
Stephanie thanks the fans for the ‘warm’ welcome. She says tonight is a historic night. She asks if Daniel Bryan will do the right thing by surrendering the championship, or will he force Stephanie to take action and fire his wife. She says it’s time to find out, then tells Bryan to make his way to the ring. Bryan wastes no time, coming to the ring with Brie by his side. Bryan’s gets easily the biggest reaction of the night so far, aside from CM Punk.
Stephanie says before he tells him what she wants to hear, she’s so glad he brought Brie out here. What an unfortunate predicament Daniel has put her in. And if one day, they might conceive some weird, bearded babies, she wants him to think about the example he’ll be setting. Whether he does the right thing, or whether he’s selfish. Bryan says he knows this is a long-shot, but he thought it might be an opportunity for her. Because he doesn’t know if she heard the reaction when Stephanie came out (the crowd boos), Daniel says it sounded like that, but louder.
Daniel’s going to give Stephanie a chance to show she can do the right thing. He fought, scratched and clawed to get to WrestleMania. Loud CM Punk chants. Stephanie says these fans want Bryan to quit just like Punk did. Stephanie says he needs to hand over the belts, or she will fire his wife. Bryan says he hopes Stephanie’s children are watching this right now so they can see their mother is nothing but a narcissistic, self centered… he asks Brie what word he’s looking for, and she fills it in with ‘bitch’.
Stephanie says she sees who has the real guts in the family. Steph says the only crime she’s committed is making a poor choice in a husband. Brie says they both know what needs to be done. Stephanie says do the right thing, then holds out her hands. Bryan holds the title in his hands and looks down. Stephanie says Bryan knows that the fans need someone as champion, and she tells Bryan to hand it over. Brie stops Daniel, and tells him no. Brie says she refuses to be a victim, and Stephanie doesn’t control her. Stephanie says she does control her, because she works for her. Stephanie is going to have to take action. Brie tells Stephanie that she can’t fire her, because she quits.
Stephanie laughs, but Brie rears back and slaps her across the face. The crowd goes nuts, and Brie and Bryan lead them in ‘yes’ chants. Stephanie leaves the ring, looking shocked as she heads to the back.
Stephanie runs to the back as everyone cheers. Brie gives Bryan a quick kiss, and the two lead the crowd in some more ‘yes’ chants.