“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Smackdown video plays and we’re brought into the arena to hear Rey Mysterio’s music hit. The number one contender makes his way to the ring. The announcers talk about how Kane accused Mysterio of being the Undertaker’s attacker last week. Kane then Chokeslammed him into the Gulf of Mexico.
Rey Mysterio says when he got Chokeslammed into the Gulf of Mexico he went ten to fifteen feet under water. The wind was knocked out of him and his lungs were filled with fluid. He wasn’t able to catch his breath and he saw his eyes flash before his eyes. As he struggled to the surface he saw the face of his accuser Kane. Mysterio says he’s been through a lot: beatings and backstabbing. However he’s never been accused of something he didn’t do. He still can’t believe Kane accused him of taking out his brother the Undertaker. Mysterio says he’s always been honest with us. He did not have anything to do with attacking the Undertaker.
In his opinion, Kane has always been very delusional. Now he’s threatening to put him in a casket after their match at Summerslam. He doesn’t like caskets: they’re a symbol of loss and heartbreak. They are made for the dead (no sh–). When he does die and he meets his maker it won’t be Kane judging him. Only God can judge him. God knows who attacked the Undertaker and so does he.
Mysterio is about to reveal the attacker’s name when Drew McIntyre’s music hits. McIntyre says they have names for people like Mysterio where he comes from. Those who wear masks and lurk in the shadows trying to gain trust from the masses: criminals. McIntyre says Mysterio has pulled the wool over people’s eyes for decades but now, at the expense of the Undertaker, the truth has finally come out. McIntyre wonders how he could have done that. Mysterio is supposed to be a hero. Would a hero do nothing while CM Punk was falsely accused and had his arm injured? Mysterio says that wasn’t his business. McIntyre wonders if a hero would stand idly by while Jack Swagger was falsely accused and do nothing while he watched his father be hospitalized in front of him. Mysterio says that also wasn’t his business.
McIntyre says he admires what Mysterio did and wishes he took Undertaker out himself. If he was the perpetrator then he would have done it alone. Mysterio needed help. McIntyre doesn’t believe he’s capable of taking out the Undertaker. McIntyre says he could take anyone out. McIntyre reminds us about what he did to Christian’s arm last week. The doctors said he’d never be the same again. After that match he had an idea. That idea was to do the same thing to Mysterio tonight. He already talked to Teddy Long and if Mysterio agrees then he’ll make it official. McIntyre questions his manhood and tells him to show him the aggression he showed to the Undertaker. McIntyre dares him.
Mysterio quiets him and talks a little Spanish. Mysterio asks how he could dare to come out and disrespect him. McIntyre again dares him to fight him. Mysterio says if he wants to get aggressive then he’ll get it. Mysterio shoves him and says it’s on for tonight.
Tonight we’ll see Kofi Kingston defend his Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler.
Matt Hardy vs. “Dashing” Cody Rhodes
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee, is the official. They circle the ring and Rhodes quickly kicks and punches Hardy. Rhodes stomps him down in the corner until the referee makes him back up. Hardy shoves Rhodes into the corner and punches back. Hardy continues to punch and stomp Rhodes before sending him to the opposite corner. Hardy hits a corner clothesline/bulldog combo for a two count. Hardy signals for the Twist of Fate so Rhodes gets out of the ring to recover.
We come back from the break to see Hardy working on the arm with wrenches and arm bars. Rhodes fights up and goes for a clothesline but Hardy takes him down. Hardy hits a double leg drop to the groin (his brother’s move) followed by a dropkick to the face for a near fall. Hardy punches away but has a whip reversed into the corner. Hardy tries to hit a move off the second rope but Rhodes pulls him off and hits the Beautiful Disaster (springboard kick) for a near fall.
Rhodes drops a nice knee and applies a modified crossface. Hardy eventually fights up and elbows out. Rhodes shoves him into the ropes but lowers his head so Hardy catches him with a sunset flip for a two count. Rhodes tries to come back with a suplex but Hardy counters with an inside cradle for a near fall. Rhodes immediately hits a running knee to the temple with that exposed knee. Rhodes hits a front suplex and goes right back to the modified crossface. Hardy fights up and Rhodes pulls him down by the hair. Rhodes stomps and punches away. Rhodes hits a nice body slam for a two count.
Hardy fights up and counters a whip with a back elbow. Hardy hits his headlock/neckbreaker combo and some clotheslines. Hardy hits another back elbow and then drops an elbow. Hardy hits the Side Effect for a near fall. Hardy signal for the Twist of Fate but Rhodes counters the kick and gets a school boy for a near fall. Rhodes comes back with a side leg sweep but misses a knee drop. Hardy goes for his corner clothesline/bulldog combo but Rhodes holds on to the ropes. Hardy puts him on the top rope and goes for a superplex but Rhodes counters into an Alabama Slam attempt. Hardy holds on to the turnbuckle so Rhodes drops him face first into said turnbuckle. That leads us to the Cross Rhodes for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: “Dashing” Cody Rhodes
Match Rating: **
The trailer for “Legendary” plays. I’ll wait for it to come on HBO.
Another Alberto del Rio video plays. He says people are mentally constipated while he is not bound by limitations: he just does whatever he puts his mind to. When is this guy going to debut?
Rosa Mendes is backstage with Teddy Long talking about the weight she lost. Lay-Cool then walks in and McCool says she needs to train more. They complain about his decision to have one title. Eventually McCool gives him her title and wants to wear Layla’s. They argue and pull on the title until it breaks in two. They’re happy about that because now they can both have a piece. The title is just like the division: broken.
EXCUSE ME! Vickie Guerrero comes out to the stage. She introduces her handsome boyfriend, the future Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler. Dolph Ziggler makes his way out to the ring.
The WWE Rewind if Kingston going nuts on Ziggler last week after Vickie Guerrero slapped him.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston (c)
Ziggler quickly misses a clothesline and starts taking some kicks. Kingston kicks him until he has no choice but to escape the ring. Kingston is really fired up. Ziggler gets back in the ring and goes for a lock up but Kingston takes him down. Ziggler hits a back elbow and a kick to the head. Ziggler punches wildly and throws Kingston out of the ring. Kingston lands on his feet and doesn’t look happy. He quickly gets back in the ring and takes Ziggler out with a clothesline. Kingston punches away so Ziggler gets out of the ring. Kingston follows him out and clotheslines him outside.
Kingston throws him back into the ring and gets kicked. Ziggler kicks him in the face a few times before punching him down. Ziggler applies a modified camel clutch. Vickie likes what she’s seeing. Kingston fights up but Ziggler slams him back down. Ziggler stomps but Kingston comes back with punches. Kingston hits a nice dropkick and clotheslines him out of the ring. Kingston then takes him out with a BEAUTIFUL suicide dive! Kingston is pumped up!
We come back from the break to see Kingston trapped in a submission hold. During the commercial Ziggler sent him shoulder first into the ring post. Ziggler gets a one count before using the ropes to further hurt the arm. Ziggler kicks and punches away at Kingston. Ziggler hits a snapmare and a rolling neck snapper for a one count. Ziggler covers and this time gets a two count. Kingston attempts a comeback but Ziggler quickly snuffs that out. Ziggler hits some elbow drops followed by a jumping elbow drop for a near fall. Ziggler applies another arm bar and is looking for a submission. Kingston fights up and punches out.
Kingston hits some punches and beats him down in the corner. The referee tries to back him up and that gives Ziggler enough of an opening to hit what looks like a stunner to the arm for a near fall. Ziggler stands on the arm before smiling to Vickie Guerrero. Vickie gets on the apron and Kingston hits Trouble in Paradise out of nowhere! Vickie immediately gets in the ring and distracts the referee! Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag and we have a new champion!!
Winner & NEW Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Dolph Ziggler stands up and looks elated. He hugs Vickie Guerrero and holds up his Intercontinental Championship. Ziggler celebrates big time until being taken out by an irate Kofi Kingston! Kingston beats the ever loving crap out of him before throwing him out of the ring. Kingston kicks him in the ribs before body slamming him through the announcer’s table! Kingston continues the attack, kicking him in the ribs. Kingston bashes his head into the ring steps a few times before throwing him hard into the steps. Kingston talks some trash before walking away. That’s the edge that Kingston has needed for months.
The Straight Edge Society comes down to the ring. We’re reminded that they’ll take on Big Show in a handicap match at Summerslam. CM Punk says he’s accomplished many things in his life and career, things we never could. Things like sobriety and the only three time Straight Edge World Heavyweight Champion. The closest we can come to WrestleMania is buying a ticket to see him. However he’s never been more proud than last week when the S.E.S. came together and destroyed Big Show.
They show the video from last week of them breaking Big Show’s hand. Big Show’s facial expressions are absolutely hilarious. Punk says he has two severed tendons in his hand and there’s no shot of him making Summerslam or signing any autographs. That’s all because of what the S.E.S. did. The video continues to roll and Joey Mercury says he loves this.
Punk asks the rest of the S.E.S. if they’re happy. They say they are but he never said they could be. Punk orders the S.E.S. to get on their knees. Punk says their happiness is a weakness. It lets him down and they slip. If they show weakness for a single second then they might as well be like everyone else in the crowd. He will not tolerate weakness or slipping because if they do then they have to pack their bags. Punk got right in Serena’s face while saying that. Punk makes them stand up and says they’ll be better than everyone. Then they’ll be happy when he says they are. Punk tells them to remember that satisfaction is the death of desire.
The Straight Edge Society vs. MVP, Chris Masters & JTG
Gallows quickly punches away at JTG. JTG quickly hits an uppercut and gets MVP in. MVP ducks a clothesline, hits some punches, and a drop-toe-hold. MVP hits a running knee to the back of the head for a two count. MVP runs into a back elbow and a clothesline. Gallows hits a body slam and tags in Joey Mercury. Mercury drops a knee and punches MVP in the corner. Gallows is tagged in and he hits an uppercut. Gallows hits a big splash for a near fall. Gallows applies a chin lock but MVP fights up. MVP goes into the ropes and eats a back elbow. Mercury is tagged back in and he hits a neckbreaker. Gallows is tagged in again and drops an elbow on MVP. Gallows misses another elbow but prevents MVP from making the tag by knocking his partners off the apron.
MVP hits a face buster and goes for the BALLIN’ Elbow Drop but Punk kicks him in the back of the head. Gallows hits a poorly timed big boot for the win. CM Punk and Chris Masters never entered the match.
Winners by Pinfall: The Straight Edge Society
Match Rating: 3/4 *
“Dashing” Cody Rhodes has a video about tweezing your eyebrows.
The Raw Rebound airs and the announcers run down the Summerslam card.
Kane is backstage rubbing a casket. Kane says he can smell Mysterio’s fear. The putrid stench of lies is turning his stomach. He saw Mysterio’s eyes right before he Chokeslammed him into the Gulf of Mexico last week. The casket, his final resting place, strikes a dread so ominous in his soul that soon there will be nothing left to fight but he’ll find a way. His vengeance will revive Mysterio from his paralyzed state of horror, only to be destroyed when he shoves him into the casket where the darkness will consume him forever.
Rey Mysterio’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring to face Drew McIntyre.
Rey Mysterio vs. Drew McIntyre
They circle the ring and lock up. McIntyre powers him to the corner and pushes. McIntyre talks a little trash and gives Mysterio a free pass to get out the corner. Mysterio hits some kicks and sidesteps him a few times. McIntyre isn’t happy about that. They stand at opposite sides of the ring before Mysterio signals him to have a free pass. McIntyre takes him down with a clothesline and punches away. McIntyre hits a shoulder block and clubs the back. McIntyre hits an uppercut and stomps him down in the corner. Mysterio eventually stops short for a whip and drop-toe-holds him into the corner. Mysterio sets him up for a 619 but McIntyre gets out of the ring. Mysterio then hits a nice plancha!
Mysterio sells that his ankle is still injured from weeks ago. Oh my god: there’s some continuity going on. Mysterio sends McIntyre into the ring and misses a seated senton. McIntyre immediately capitalizes with a clothesline for a two count. McIntyre stomps his head a few times before hitting a short-arm clothesline for a near fall. Mysterio counters a whip and hits a head-scissors takeover. McIntyre then angrily charges Mysterio but sails over the top rope. Mysterio then comes off the apron with a diving hurricanrana! Awesome move!
We come back from the break to see McIntyre club Mysterio. McIntyre punches away and sends him to the corner. Mysterio hits some boots but has a move countered as a powerbomb into the corner. That gets McIntyre a near fall. McIntyre punches before bending him around the ring post. McIntyre drops him onto the announcer’s table, which has been fixed. McIntyre gets in the ring and is looking for a count-out. Mysterio gets back in at 9 and a half.
McIntyre immediately hits some knees and a snapmare. McIntyre applies a grounded abdominal stretch. Mysterio gets out with some knees to the skull. Mysterio kicks him in the face and goes for a wheelbarrow bulldog but McIntyre counters into a sit-out face buster for a near fall! McIntyre hits a nice over the shoulders gut buster for a near fall. McIntyre talks some trash before stomping him. McIntyre clubs the ribs and applies another abdominal stretch.
Mysterio knees out and counters a sidewalk slam into a tilt-a-whirl DDT! Mysterio is too injured to capitalize with a pin so he rolls to the apron. Mysterio hits a springboard seated senton followed by a springboard cross-body for a near fall. McIntyre comes back with a stomp but runs into a back elbow. McIntyre then takes him out with a picture perfect tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near fall. McIntyre powers him to the corner and shoulders him in the ribs. McIntyre stands over him as Mysterio pulls himself up. McIntyre goes for the Future Shock but Mysterio gets out and goes for a 619 but McIntyre moves! Mysterio then jumps up to his shoulders and gets a roll up for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Rey Mysterio
Match Rating: **
Rey Mysterio grabs a microphone and talks a little Spanish. All of a sudden Kane’s pyro hits and the World Heavyweight Champion comes to the ring pushing the black casket while smiling. Kane gets in the ring and McIntyre attacks Mysterio from behind. McIntyre leaves the ring and Kane stands over Mysterio smiling. Mysterio bolts from the ring but almost falls into the casket. Mysterio quickly avoids that and goes up the ramp.
Mysterio still has the microphone and says it wasn’t him who took out the Undertaker. It was Kane! Kane loses his smile and looks insanely upset. Kane says “no” over and over before falling to his knees. Kane looks like he’s getting ready to cry before looking up to the heavens.
Quick Match Results
“Dashing” Cody Rhodes def. Matt Hardy
Dolph Ziggler def. Kofi Kingston to win the IC Title
S.E.S. def. MVP, Chris Masters & JTG
Rey Mysterio def. Drew McIntyre
Bump of the Night: Kofi Kingston’s suicide dive!
Match of the Night: Kingston vs. Ziggler ** 1/4
Well Rey Mysterio confirmed what we’ve all known for months. It was Kane who attacked the Undertaker. That was a no brainer. I’m still holding on to hope that this is still just another swerve. Maybe Mysterio said that to get into Kane’s head? I’d actually like to think it was Drew McIntyre who took out the Deadman. McIntyre is picking up some legitimate steam lately. The announcers were painting the story that perhaps McIntyre was trying to prevent Mysterio from naming the attacker. Maybe he thought Mysterio knew something about the truth. It’s wishful thinking but that sure would be better and give the storyline a true surprise. Everyone figured it’d be Kane. Surprise us with something else!
Did I call it that this was the year of Dolph Ziggler? Ok, maybe he didn’t look so great after the match was over but he’s still the Intercontinental Champion and that’s what counts. Now it’s time for Ziggler to push himself to that next level. Look like a champion now and not a perennial challenger just holding the title. Ziggler has all the makings of a main eventer in my opinion. Now is the time to start that process.
Final Rating: ** 3/4
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