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Drew McIntyre vs. Ezekiel Jackson
Lock-up and Jackson throws McIntyre down. McIntyre then comes back with a kick and a right hand, followed by locking in a side headlock. Jackson then counters into a hammerlock. McIntyre fires back with an elbow, followed by a headbutt. McIntyre with a kick, followed by a right hand, but Jackson comes back with a back elbow. Irish whip by Jackson and he catches McIntyre coming in with a back body drop. Jackson with a right hand and a forearm in the corner, followed by an Irish whip, but McIntyre catches Jackson coming in with an elbow.
McIntyre goes up to the middle rope and hits Jackson with a clothesline to the back of Jackson’s head for a nearfall. McIntyre with a kick to Jackson and then applies a criss cross choke. Jackson gets to his feet, but McIntyre comes back with a knee to the gut, followed by a forearm. McIntyre with a kick, followed by a clothesline in the corner. McIntyre then hits a short arm clothesline out of the corner for a nearfall.
Jackson then comes back with a series of right hands on McIntyre. Irish whip by Jackson and he then measures McIntyre in the corner and charges, hitting a running clothesline. Jackson with another clothesline into the corner, followed by an avalanche to McIntyre’s back. Jackson sets up for the Torture Rack, but McIntyre holds on to the ropes to stop himself from getting put in the hold. The referee tries to pull away Jackson, but then McIntyre drills him with a running boot to the head.
McIntyre sets up Jackson and then hits the Future Shock DDT for the victory.
Winner: Drew McIntyre by pinfall (Future Shock DDT)
Alicia Fox vs. Natalya
Lock up and Natalya goes to work on the arm, but Fox reverses it. Natalya then with a reversal of her own and she drives Fox down to the mat for a nearfall. Fox and Natalya exchange slaps and then they go after each other and tumble out to the outside. Back in the ring, Fox with a forearm in the corner. Irish whip by Fox, reversed by Natalya, but Fox goes up and over her. However, Natalya moves out of the way when Fox tries for a boot in the corner and Natalya gets a nearfall.
Natalya chokes Fox in the ropes and then stomps on Fox’s ribs. Natalya tries for a suplex, but Fox counters with an inside cradle for a nearfall. Natalya comes back by pulling the hair and locks in an abdominal stretch. Natalya then adds extra pressure by pulling Fox’s other leg off the mat. Fox then is able to escape with an armdrag. However, Natalya comes back with a back elbow. Fox then with a matrix move, followed by a headscissors takeover. Fox then springs up the ropes and hits a back elbow, followed by a Northern Lights suplex for a nearfall.
Fox goes for the Scissors Kick, but Natalya blocks it and hooks Fox in the Sharpshooter and Fox has no choice but to tapout.
Winner: Natalya by submission (Sharpshooter)
Hunico w/Camacho vs. Tyson Kidd
Lock-up and Kidd with a fireman’s carry into an armbar. Hunico gets to the ropes and Kidd breaks. Hunico then fires away with a kick and a forearm. Irish whip by Hunico, but Kidd with an elbow, followed by a headscissors takeover. Kidd then bounces off the ropes and connects with an armdrag. Kidd rolls out to the apron, but Camacho distracts Kidd, allowing Hunico to trip him up.
Hunico hits a slingshot senton from the apron for a nearfall. Then, while the referee is with Hunico, Camacho nails Kidd with a right hand. Hunico then with a sit-out gourdbuster for another nearfall. Hunico then locks in a reverse chinlock. Kidd gets to his feet and connects with an elbow, but Hunico comes back with a forearm, followed by a back body drop into an armbar. Hunico connects with a double underhook backbreaker and this causes Kidd to roll onto the apron. Hunico drags Kidd back in and gets another nearfall. Hunico then with a back elbow for yet another nearfall. Kidd comes back with an armdrag and then both men go for a clothesline and both nail each other at the same time.
Hunico charges, but Kidd moves out of the way. Kidd sends Hunico into the corner and hits a series of kicks. Kidd then with a dropkick for a nearfall. Kidd with another kick and then he goes onto the apron. Kidd scores with a springboard elbow drop for a close nearfall. Kidd goes for the Dungeon Lock, but Hunico rakes his eyes to block it. Kidd then sends Hunico over the top rope and to the outside. Kidd goes for a tope dive, but Camacho sacrifices himself for Hunico and takes the brunt of the dive. Hunico then drills Kidd with a swinging neckbreaker on the outside. Back in the ring, Hunico heads up top and goes for the Falling Star, but Kidd moves out of the way. Kidd then locks in the Sharpshooter, but Hunico is able to get to the ropes. Kidd then misses a slingshot leg drop onto the apron, but as Hunico tries to go after him, Kidd nails him with a shoulder to the gut.
Kidd goes for a slingshot type maneuver, but Hunico catches him in mid-air and hits his spinning Olympic Slam for the victory.
Winner: Hunico w/Camacho by pinfall (Spinning Olympic Slam)
Back from commercial, we go to video for this week’s “RAW Rebound”, looking at the return of Paul Heyman before our main event.
Main Event: WWE United States Champion Santino Marella & “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder vs. “The Party Starter” Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks
Reks and Santino start things off. Lock-up and Reks sends Santino down to the mat. Reks with a series of shoulders and then avoids a right hand from Santino. Reks with an atomic drop and Santino then tags in Ryder while holding his posterior after the atomic drop. Ryder wants Hawkins in and Hawkins obliges. Ryder goes to work on the arm and locks in a wristlock. Hawkins reverses, but Ryder comes back with an armdrag. Hawkins with a side headlock, followed by a shoulder tackle after being Irish whipped by Ryder. Both men then each try for a dropkick and we are at a stalemate. Hawkins slaps Ryder, but Ryder nails Hawkins with a right hand and then sends him into the corner. Ryder with a short arm clothesline and then tags in Santino, who nails Hawkins with a right hand. Santino hits a suplex for a nearfall. Santino locks in an arm bar and tags in Ryder. Ryder locks in his own armbar and then tags Santino back in, who nails Hawkins with another right hand. Santino hits a hip toss, but Hawkins then comes back with a kick. Santino then comes back with a back body drop, followed by a clothesline that sends Hawkins over the ropes and to the outside. Reks tries to go after Santino, but Santino moves and Reks sails out to the outside as well. Ryder then gets a head of steam and hits a somersault plancha onto both Hawkins & Reks on the outside. Ryder celebrates as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Santino has a hammerlock on Hawkins. Hawkins comes back with a snapmare takeover, followed by sending Santino into the corner. Tag into Reks, who nails Santino with a kick, followed by a short arm clothesline for a nearfall. Reks locks in a rear chinlock but Santino counters out with a split Stunner and makes the tag to Ryder. Ryder with a running forearm but Reks with an Irish whip. Reks charges, but then runs into boots from Ryder. Ryder then setups and connects with the Broski Boot. Ryder goes for the Rough Ryder, but Reks avoids it. Ryder knocks Hawkins off the apron, but Reks hits Ryder from behind and gets a nearfall.
Hawkins tags in and he snapmares Ryder, then applies a reverse chinlock. Ryder gets to his feet and comes back with a snapmare, but Hawkins comes back with a clothesline for a nearfall. Reks tags in and hits a knee drop, followed by a series of right hands and finally chokes Ryder in the ropes. Reks hits a slam, followed by locking in a front chancery. Ryder tries to make the tag, but Reks keeps Ryder away from the corner. Ryder goes for a Sunset flip, but Hawkins makes a blind tag and hits Ryder from behind. Hawkins with an Irish whip, but Ryder catches him with an elbow. Hawkins then nails Ryder with an enzuigiri for a nearfall. Reks tags in and he unloads with stomps on Ryder. Reks with an elbow to the top of Ryder’s head followed by a series of right hands. Reks locks in a reverse chinlock, but Ryder gets to his feet. Ryder fights back with a kick, but Reks comes back with a powerslam for a nearfall. Hawkins tags in and hits an elbow drop. Ryder then is able to fight his way out of the corner and sends Hawkins to the outside. Ryder then crawls to his corner and makes the tag to Santino.
Santino with a series of right hands and forearms, followed by an armdrag and a hip toss. Santino with another right hand to Hawkins, but Hawkins comes back with a kick. Reks tags in, but Santino with a split, followed by a hiptoss. Santino then hits a suplex for a nearfall, but Hawkins breaks it up. Ryder then comes in and hits the Rough Ryder on Hawkins. Reks then sends Ryder out to the outside, but then Santino with a drop toe hold to Reks.
Santino gets out the cobra sock and drills Reks with the Cobra for the victory.
Winners: Santino Marella & “Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder by pinfall (Cobra)
Ryder & Santino celebrate their win as we go to credits.
Decent show this week.
Opener was decent for what it was, but to me, this matchup does nothing for either guy as they are stuck in Superstars purgatory.
Divas match was OK, but Fox is just not that good and unfortunately, Natalya couldn’t carry her to a solid match.
Hunico & Kidd was the best thing on the show. Hunico continues to improve on his offense, while Kidd is improving on the FIP side of things. Good effort by both.
Main event was a solid tag match and Reks & Hawkins show a lot of potential to me as future tag champions. Santino & Ryder were good in their roles to get sympathy and to make Reks & Hawkins look like a real threat.
So, while the 1st half this week was completely skippable, the 2nd half I would recommend checking out.
My Grade: C+
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