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“The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix vs. Alicia Fox
Lock-up and Fox with a side headlock but Beth nails her with a gut shot. Fox comes back with a kick, but Beth then with a shoulder tackle, followed by a series of kicks. Beth yells for Layla, but that allows Fox to come in and hit Beth with a dropkick that sends Beth onto the apron. Fox then slides through the legs and pulls Beth off the apron. Beth then grabs Fox in a bear hug and drives her into the ring apron. Back in the ring, Beth hits a pair of kicks, followed by locking in a surfboard. Fox tries to fight back with an elbow, but Beth comes right back with a forearm, followed by driving Fox down to the mat. Beth then rubs Fox’s face in the mat for a nearfall. Beth sends Fox into the turnbuckles and then goes to charge, but Fox leaps over her and hooks Beth with a Sunset flip for a nearfall. Beth then comes right back with a backbreaker, followed by stretching Fox on her knee. Fox gets out with a pair of knees, but Beth comes back with a kick. Beth goes for a powerbomb, but Fox counters it into a victory roll for a nearfall. Fox does a matrix move, followed by a pair of dropkicks and finally a Northern Lights suplex for a nearfall. Fox with a series of elbows in the corner, but Beth Irish whips her. However, Fox then springs up the ropes and nails Beth with a back elbow. Fox goes for the flip leg drop, but Beth moves out of the way.
Beth then lifts up Fox and connects with the Glam Slam for the victory.
Winner: “The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix by pinfall (Glam Slam)
Tensai w/Sakamoto vs. Alex Riley
Lock-up and Tensai sends Riley to the corner. Tensai then unloads with a series of right hands & knees in the corner. Tensai hits a slam, followed by locking in a neck vise. Tensai then with a series of forearms to the head of Riley. Tensai sends Riley to the outside, but as Tensai tries to go after Riley, Riley nails him with a sliding kick that rocks Tensai. Riley gets back in the ring, but Tensai nails him with a big boot. Tensai hits a series of elbow drops to the back of Riley, followed by locking in a nerve hold. Tensai switches to an armbar, but Riley fights back with a series of right hands. However, Tensai comes back by sending Riley into the corner and drilling him with an uppercut. Tensai then unloads with a series of headbutts & elbows in the corner. Riley fights back with a right hand, but Tensai Irish whips him. Tensai charges, but Riley moves out of the way. Riley nails Tensai with a shoulder tackle, followed by a kick and then heads up top. Riley leaps, but Tensai catches him and then drills him with the Tensai Bomb.
Tensai then hits the back senton for the victory.
Winner: Tensai by pinfall (Back Senton)
Jinder Mahal vs. Yoshi Tatsu
Mahal goes for a kick, but misses and Tatsu hits a series of chops. Mahal then comes back with a series of knees to the head, followed by a kick and finally chokes Tatsu in the ropes. Mahal hits a STO, followed by a series of kneedrops for a nearfall. Mahal gets a near fall. Mahal with a kick, followed by an Irish whip. Mahal then scores with a butterfly suplex for another nearfall. Mahal locks in a cravate as the fans try to will on Tatsu. Tatsu tries to fight back, but Mahal comes back with a neckbreaker for another nearfall. Mahal locks in a chinlock, but Tatsu fights out with a series of chops, followed by a kick. Tatsu with some more kicks & chops, followed by a Yakuza Kick. Tatsu goes for the roundhouse, but Mahal comes back with a kick, followed by a running knee to the back.
Mahal then locks in the Camel Clutch and Tatsu has no choice but to tapout.
Winner: Jinder Mahal by submission (Camel Clutch)
Back from commercial, we go to video of this week’s “RAW Rebound”, highlighting the destruction of The Big Show before the main event.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Christian vs. Drew McIntyre
Lock-up and Christian with a waistlock, but McIntyre takes him down into a front chancery. McIntyre with a side headlock and then holds on when Christian tries for an Irish whip. Christian fights out with right hands, but then McIntyre knocks him down with a shoulder tackle. Christian goes for a knucklelock, but McIntyre with a kick and then sends Christian’s head into the mat. McIntyre with a series of stomps, followed by sending Christian into the corner. Christian comes back with a kick, followed by scoring with a reverse DDT. Christian heads up to the middle rope and connects with a missile dropkick for a nearfall. Christian sends McIntyre into the turnbuckles and then heads back up onto the middle rope. Christian goes for a tornado DDT, but McIntyre counters it and sends Christian over the ropes and crashing down to the outside as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as McIntyre hits a knee drop, followed by a series of stomps. McIntyre then locks in a reverse bearhug as the crowd tries to will on Christian. Christian breaks out with a series of elbows, but McIntyre regains the advantage with a knee to the gut that sends Christian onto the apron. Christian comes back with a shoulder to the ribs, but McIntyre then brings him back in with a reverse suplex for a nearfall. McIntyre then lifts up Christian and hits the electric chair for another nearfall. Christian fights back with a kick, but McIntyre Irish whips him. However, as Christian tries to go up & over, McIntyre sees it coming and kicks Christian in the gut for yet another nearfall. McIntyre goes up on the middle rope and leaps off, but runs into Christian’s boots and both men are down.
Christian hits a flying forearm, followed by a drop toe hold that sends McIntyre into the ropes. Christian then slingshots to the outside and connects with an uppercut. Back in the ring, Christian hits a running dropkick and then heads up top, scoring with a crossbody for a nearfall. Christian then hooks McIntyre in a backslide for another nearfall. Christian with a back heel kick and then goes for the Sunset flip from the middle rope, but McIntyre holds on. Christian then goes off the ropes, but McIntyre catches him and connects with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a nearfall. McIntyre lifts up Christian, but Christian rolls off his back and rolls up McIntyre for another nearfall. Christian goes back up on the middle ropes, but McIntyre stops him with right hands. McIntyre then hooks Christian in a wheelbarrow and drives him down facefirst for another nearfall. McIntyre sends Christian into the corner, but then Christian hits him with a pendulum kick. Christian again goes to the middle ropes and this time hits the Tornado DDT for a close nearfall. Christian sets up for the spear, but McIntyre counters by catching him with a one man flapjack for a nearfall. McIntyre goes for the Future Shock DDT, but Christian counters it. McIntyre charges, but Christian moves out of the way and McIntyre runs shoulder first into the ringpost.
Christian then hits the Killswitch, followed by heading up top and hitting the Frog Splash for the victory.
Winner: WWE Intercontinental Champion Christian by pinfall (Top Rope Frog Splash)
Christian celebrates his win as we go to credits.
Besides the main event, nothing really good the show this week.
Divas match, Tensai match & Mahal-Tatsu were all showcase matches for Phoenix, Tensai & Mahal respectively.
I’m all for showcase matches for guys, but besides Tensai, IMO don’t do it for talent who are not that good.
Also, have a problem with doing 3 straight showcase matches before the main event. If they did a showcase, followed by a competitive match, then showcase, then finally a solid main event, would have no problem. But, too much of something I do have a problem with, and that was this show.
Main event was a real good match from Christian & McIntyre. McIntyre continues to show how underutilized he is, while Christian’s new role as the IC champion who has solid, competitive matches with low to mid-card heels is a great way for him to be a teacher for the younger talent to help get them improvement in the ring. Christian is one of the top 10 workers in the company, so having him in the Finlay role will do nothing but good for the young talent.
My Grade: C
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