?Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event?? The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Superstars video plays and we?re brought into the arena with a great pyro display. Michael Cole and Jerry ?The King? Lawler welcome us to the show. Our Main Event will be a Triple Threat Match between Mike Knox, Finlay, and Dolph Ziggler with the winner facing Rey Mysterio for the Intercontinental Championship at Breaking Point? or next week on Smackdown.
Jack Swagger vs. Primo
The match begins and Primo rolls around the ring a few times before aggressively stepping toward Swagger who backs away. Primo soaks in some cheers before ducking under a lock up attempts and putting Swagger in a waist lock. Swagger counters into a waist lock of his own and takes him down from there. Swagger goes for a grounded hammerlock but Primo quickly gets to his feet and elbows out. Primo twists the arm but Swagger cuts him off with a kick and takes him down. Swagger locks in a grounded hammerlock and controls Primo on the ground. Primo eventually fights up and rolls out of it before kicking Swagger off him. Primo hits some kicks before hitting a leg sweep and a leg drop for a two count.
Primo grabs Swaggers arm and locks on an arm bar. Swagger gets to his feet and backs Primo into the corner. Swagger delivers some knees and a club before whipping Primo to the opposite corner. Swagger charges into a head-scissors takeover. Primo charges Swagger when he gets to his feet and Swagger back body drops him to the apron. Primo hits a shoulder thrust before flipping into the ring over Swagger’s back. Primo goes into the ropes and ducks a clothesline before attempting a wheelbarrow bulldog but Swagger counters that into a NASTY German Suplex.
Swagger lays in some kicks before whipping Primo hard into the opposite corner. Swagger runs and hits his second rope splash. Swagger then does some push-ups. Swagger waist locks Primo and rolls him. The crowd chants for Primo who fights up but Swagger takes him down with the reverse bear hug. Primo eventually elbows out. Primo clubs and punches Swagger. Swagger pushes him into the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. Primo goes for a clothesline but Swagger ducks that and goes for his Gutwrench Powerbomb but Primo fights so Swagger locks him in an abdominal stretch. Swagger has it locked on tight but Primo shows some fight and attempts to reverse it into an abdominal stretch of his own but Swagger’s too powerful and throws Primo through the ropes but Primo hangs on. Swagger notices this and shoulder blocks Primo off the apron. We?ll take a commercial here.
We come back from the break to see Swagger send Primo into the ropes and back body drop him. Swagger has apparently been dominating Primo during the break. Swagger grounds Primo with a double chicken-wing submission. Swagger turns it to an arm bar and Primo gets to his feet. Primo stomps on the foot to get out of it. Primo charges and Swagger attempts a back body drop but Primo hangs on and rolls him up for a one count. Swagger immediately grabs Primo’s legs and gets him in catapult position. Primo is almost pinned during this. Swagger catapults him into the corner. Swagger goes for his second rope body splash but Primo moves.
Primo shakes off the cobwebs and springboards off the top rope with a chop to the skull. Primo quickly goes to the ropes and hits a back elbow. Primo hits a clothesline before jumping around and hitting a dropkick. Primo springboards off the second rope with a cross-body block for a near fall. Primo counters a clothesline into a Russian Leg Sweep for another near fall. Primo picks Swagger up but Swagger counters into a belly to belly side suplex. Swagger signals that it’s over and goes for the Gutwrench Powerbomb but Primo holds on to his legs and rolls Swagger up for a near fall. Primo attempts to bounce Swagger off the turnbuckle but Swagger turns that into his own on Primo. Swagger beats Primo down in the corner until the referee makes him back away. Swagger sends Primo into the corner and runs into his boots. Primo springboards off the top rope but Swagger moves and Primo seems to have tweaked his knee. Swagger clotheslines him in the back of the head and hits the Gutwrench Powerbomb for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Jack Swagger
Match Rating: **
After the match, Jack Swagger grabs the microphone from Lillian Garcia and says we are looking at the only Superstar born to be United States Champion. He says Kofi Kingston had better forget about everyone else because the only person he needs to worry about is the two-time All American, future United States Champion Jack Swagger.
Another Ask the Divas segment is shown. They talk about where their ideal first date would be. How is that advice? It’s just some more bad advice.
Backstage Gregory Helms walks into a Boiler Room and walks out as the Hurricane. He?ll be in action next.
The Hurricane’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring looking like a young George Carlin in a mask. Matt Striker and Josh Mathews welcome us back to the show. This is ECW’s contribution to the show.
The Hurricane vs. Paul Burchill
The match begins and they circle the ring. Hurricane ducks a lock up and gets a waist lock. Hurricane quickly hits a snapmare and smacks him in the back of the neck. Hurricane gets a side headlock on. Burchill attempts to whip him off but Hurricane turns it into a whip of his own. Burchill then steamrolls through him with a shoulder block. Burchill goes into the ropes and over Hurricane. Hurricane catches him in a hip toss attempt but Burchill doesn?t budge and instead attempts a clothesline, which Hurricane ducks. Hurricane gets a double leg takedown and stomps him in the midsection. Hurricane gets him up and eats a knee followed by a European Uppercut. Burchill goes for a short-arm clothesline but Hurricane ducks it and clotheslines him over the top rope. The Hurricane slingshots over the top rope for a splash but Burchill moves!
Burchill rolls Hurricane back into the ring and knees him in the back. Burchill locks on a grounded chin lock. Hurricane eventually fights up and punches out but Burchill cuts him off with a knee and a neckbreaker for a one count. Burchill now locks on a grounded Cobra Clutch (maggots). The crowd gets behind Hurricane and he fights up. Burchill goes to bounce him off the turnbuckle but Hurricane uses his power to prevent this from happening. Hurricane then fights back with punches until Burchill cuts him off with a kick. Burchill goes into the ropes and Hurricane takes him out with the Lou Thesz Press followed by some punches. Hurricane hits the old Nightmare on Helms Street for a near fall.
Hurricane has a whip to the corner reversed on him. Burchill charges into a back elbow and is then sent sternum first into the corner. Hurricane attempts a clothesline but Burchill counters into a huge back kick for a near fall. Burchill is frustrated before attempting a suplex to which Hurricane lands on his feet. Hurricane then hits a neckbreaker over his knee and signals to the crowd that he’s going to put Burchill away. Hurricane goes to the top rope and hits a cross-body block for a near fall. Hurricane signals again but Burchill rolls out of the ring.
Burchill is walking away until Hurricane cuts him off outside and bounces him off the ring apron. Hurricane goes to suplex him back into the ring but Katie Lea Burchill pulls his leg down. Hurricane yells at her until Burchill snaps his neck off the top rope and school boys him for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Paul Burchill
Match Rating: * ?
Paul and his sister Katie Lea Burchill celebrate up the ramp as Hurricane looks on angrily from the ring.
Still to come tonight is Dolph Ziggler vs. Finlay vs. Mike Knox for a shot at Rey Mysterio’s Intercontinental Championship at Breaking Point, or next week’s Smackdown.
Did you know that WWE will create more original TV hours this year than Showtime and HBO combined?
All of a sudden we?re interrupted by an Undertaker Superstars video. What a tremendous video this was. How good would an Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho feud be?
Jim Ross and Todd Grisham welcome us back to the show. They talk about tomorrow night’s Main Event for Smackdown, which is Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk in a Cage Match for the World Heavyweight Championship!
Dolph Ziggler’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Ziggler grabs a microphone and says Rey Mysterio’s win at Summerslam was a fluke. After he beats his two opponents tonight, he?ll go on to Breaking Point to become the new Intercontinental Champion, or else his name isn?t Dolph Ziggler. We?ll see if that?ll happen next.
#1 Contender’s Match for the Intercontinental Title
Dolph Ziggler vs. Mike Knox vs. Finlay
The match begins and the heels turn their attentions toward Finlay. Finlay quickly gets out of the ring and Ziggler follows only to be taken out by a clothesline! Knox kicks him from in the ring before throwing him into the ring. Knox hits a kick before sending Finlay hard into the corner. Knox follows that up with a corner splash. Knox hits a running powerslam for a one count broken up by Ziggler. Ziggler hits some punches on Knox until Knox lays him out with a right hand. Knox sends Ziggler into the corner and splashes him there. Knox then goes to clothesline Finlay but Finlay ducks it and clotheslines him over the top rope.
Finlay kicks Ziggler before turning back to Knox. Finlay bounces Knox off the barricade and kicks him in the ribs. Finlay sends Knox into the ring post and catches Ziggler in the apron where he viciously forearms him. Knox pushes Finlay away and he punches on Ziggler. Knox puts Ziggler in the ring and Finlay quickly runs in and covers for a near fall broken up by Knox. Knox kicks Finlay before punching Ziggler down. Knox goes back and forth with both men until Ziggler surprises him with a dropkick. Knox rolls out of the ring. Finlay hits Ziggler with a pair of European Uppercuts before sending him into the ropes and clotheslining him down for a near fall.
Ziggler fights back with some punches until Finlay jabs him in the throat and hits a short-arm clothesline. Finlay drops a knee and covers for a one count. Finlay gets Ziggler on the top rope and goes for a Superplex. Finlay head-butts Ziggler until Knox gets Finlay off the second rope and hits the Electric Chair Drop! Ziggler then comes off the top rope with a leg drop attempt but Finlay rolls out of the way! It’s a stalemate as we go to our final break.
We come back from the break to see Knox send Ziggler into the ropes and big boot him down. Knox drops some vicious knees on Ziggler. Knox cuts Finlay off as he enters the ring and chokes him with his foot before kicking him out of the ring. Ziggler hits Knox with a kick and some punches before dropkicking him in the knee. Ziggler goes for a DDT but Knox doesn?t budge so Finlay joins in and they hit a double DDT! Both men go for covers on him but they fight each other away.
Finlay throws Ziggler out of the ring and he turns his attention back to Knox. Finlay hits a cannonball for a near fall. Finlay hits a kick and a pair of vicious elbow drops for another near fall. Ziggler attempts to get in the ring but gets dropkicked off the apron by Finlay. Finlay drives him spine first into the apron. Knox is outside and he punches Finlay before bouncing him off the apron. Knox walks up to Ziggler so Ziggler hits some punches to defend himself. Knox then shoves Ziggler into the apron. Knox throws Ziggler into the ring and Finlay dropkicks Knox from the ring.
Finlay has a whip to the corner reversed on him. Ziggler charges and they clunk heads. Knox then takes both men out with his standing cross-body block! Knox covers Finlay for a near fall broken up by Ziggler. Ziggler punches Knox until Knox attempts a clothesline, which Ziggler ducks, and Ziggler hits a leg scissors. Finlay hits Rolling Hills on Ziggler for a big near fall. Finlay is frustrated so he kicks Knox. Ziggler then stuns Finlay with some punches. Ziggler sends Finlay into the corner and charges but Finlay moves. Finlay goes for a submission but Knox kicks him in the face. Knox hits Ziggler with a double arm suplex and runs into Finlay’s boots. Finlay hits a cross-body block for a near fall. Finlay kicks Knox in the face and doesn?t notice Knox grab the shillelagh. Finlay gets Ziggler off the apron and ducks a shillelagh shot! Finlay hits the Celtic Cross and Ziggler quickly sends Finlay into the ring post before covering Knox for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: ** ?
Dolph Ziggler celebrates going up the ramp. Ziggler is once again the Number One Contender for the Intercontinental Championship!
Quick Match Results
Jack Swagger def. Primo
Paul Burchill def. The Hurricane
Dolph Ziggler def. Mike Knox* & Finlay
Bump of the Night: Knox taking out Finlay and Ziggler with a cross-body
Match of the Night: The Triple Threat ** ?
This was a huge improvement over last week’s show. Three matches in a one hour show works much better than four. All three of the matches were very good tonight.
Dolph Ziggler, along with Rey Mysterio, opened Summerslam up with a great match so I?m happy they?ll fight again. Unfortunately their match, which should have taken place at Breaking Point, will happen next week as Rey Mysterio was just suspended for a Wellness Violation. I?ll talk more about this in tomorrow’s recap but I?m extremely disappointed.
I?m happy to see the Hurricane gimmick return but Gregory Helms looks like hell. He literally looks like George Carlin from the 70s in a mask. He should definitely cut his hair. The guy can still go and he had a very good match with Paul Burchill tonight. I hope Paul Burchill gets on some type of roll and gets a push because he’s a great talent.
Jack Swagger beat Primo in a long squash match. Primo is such a good talent that he shouldn?t be relegated to just a squash victim. Raw is horrible for the small guys. Jack Swagger then becomes another challenger for the US Title.
Final Rating: **
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