This week’s episode opens up with Seth Rollins coming down to the ring. He mocks the “You sold out” chant from the crowd, then says when you’re young and naive, things like integrity and honor mean the world to you. But honor doesn’t pay the bills. If any of the cowards in the crowd had any guts, they’d sell out their mothers, dads, dogs, grandparents, brothers, best friends, anyone and everything. You’d sell you soul to be anything like Rollins. The major fault in that logic is that you’ll never be like him. You won’t look or talk like him, or be as successful. Why? You won’t realize what he understands: selling out is the best thing you can do in your life. He’s better than he’s ever been. He’s Mr. MITB, and he’s the future of WWE. That brings him to him to Dean Ambrose inside HIAC. He’s only going to say this once: Ambrose, you do not belong at HIAC; you belong in a straight jacket. You may walk into HIAC, but he guarantees you will be carried out. When he’s finished with Ambrose, Ambrose will be left in a pile of rubble, nothing more than a hot, sweaty, smelly mess. Yeah, he sold out. He sold Ambrose out, but at HIAC, he’ll put Ambrose out.
Dolph Ziggler comes out and says the reaction from the crowd is the sound people make when they want to see someone. Rollins wouldn’t know anything about that, since Ambrose isn’t out there. When you sell out, you get the money and fame. But there’s one thing more important than that that’s priceless, and that’s self-respect. Rollins says no one cares about respect. Did respect do anything for Ziggler when Rollins curb-stomped him? Respect won’t save him tonight, and neither will showing off. Ziggler drops his mic and nails Rollins with a dropkick.
MATCH 1: SETH ROLLINS VS. INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION DOLPH ZIGGLER (NON-TITLE)
Ziggler ducks a clothesline, hits a back-body drop, then clotheslines Rollins to the floor. Commercials.
Back once more, Rollins misses a splash in the corner. Ziggler ducks a clothesline, hits one of his own, nails a corner splash into some mounted punches, then ends the series with a neckbreaker. The Show-Off Elbow connects for 1, and Rollins rolls to the apron. He hits Ziggler with a surprise hotshot, then goes up top. Ziggler meets him, but Rollins fights him off this time, then goes for a sunset flip powerbomb. Ziggler holds on and turns it into a leaping DDT for 2. Ziggler gets up first and goes for the Zig-Zag. Rollins holds onto the ropes to block the move, sending Ziggler onto his face. Rollins goes for the curb stomp, and Ziggler sees it coming. He avoids the move and goes for the rocker dropper. Rollins catches him, but Ziggler turns it into a sunset flip for 2. Rollins grabs him, powers him up and powerbombs him into the buckles before hitting the curb stomp for 3.
WINNER: SETH ROLLINS.
Dean Ambrose comes down to the ring, his HIAC contract in-hand. He gets into the ring, and Rollins drops down to the floor. Ambrose asks why he’s running, as Ambrose is just here to talk. He’s finally got what he wants, and that’s Rollins in HIAC. He’s going to make the most of it by ripping Rollins’ face off and sticking his boot where the sun don’t shine. What happens next…he can’t even say on this show.
Corporate Kane is out next, and he says it’s true Ambrose/Rollins inside HIAC will happen at the PPV, but Kane doesn’t have a match. That has him feeling aggressive. He likes hurting people. The shrieks of terror help him sleep at night. He’d very much like to hear Ambrose scream tonight in the main event when Ambrose faces Kane himself.
Paige is on commentary for the next match, flanked by Alicia Fox.
MATCH 2: LAYLA VS. WWE DIVAS CHAMPION AJ LEE (NON-TITLE)
We get an inset promo from Lee, saying she doesn’t have any friends or get along with the other divas, but she has the best friend in the world with the Divas title. No one will keep them apart, and no one can have her (the belt) but Lee.
The bell rings, and Lee applies a hammerlock. Layla breaks it, then runs into a back elbow. Lee nails Layla in the corner, then hits a reverse roundhouse for 2. A spinning mule kick connects, as does a neckbreaker. Lee holds on and hits a second neckbreaker for 2. Layla misses the Bombshell, but nails a kick to the gut. In the corner, Layla looks for the Tarantula, apparently forgets how to put it on, then tosses Lee to the floor with a headscissors. Lee breaks it by countering into a pin for 2. She then fights out of a side headlock and sends Layla to the corner. Layla hits a pair boots out of the corner, but misses with the LOL. Lee locks in the Black Widow and gets the submission win.
WINNER: AJ LEE.
Fox hits the ring, and Lee immediately tackles her. Paige runs into the ring and drops Lee with a side kick before hitting the Ram-Paige. She then starts skipping around the ring with the Divas title over her head.
Corporate Kane is in his office when he’s approached by Seth Rollins. Rollins says he wants Kane to have fun tonight, but he wants Kane to leave him a little piece of Dean Ambrose. Kane says Rollins has never been inside HIAC, nor has Ambrose. Both of them are facing a first-time apocalypse, and frankly, neither one of them understand the punishment that is involved in this kind of match. Rollins has his shot at Ambrose soon enough, and he along with Kane and Randy Orton will get their chance to do some damage to Ambrose and John Cena in their 3-on-2 Handicap Street Fight on RAW this coming Monday. As for tonight, Rollins needs to pay attention to what Kane does in the ring. Rollins might learn something. He knows Ambrose will.
We learn the Miz will get yet another needless championship match at the HIAC PPV, this time against Sheamus for the US title.
Renee Young is here for her weekly oxygen suck. She’s with Sheamus and the Usos, and wants to talk to them about their 6-man against the Miz, and Gold & Stardust tonight. Sheamus recalls what happened on “MizTV” on Main Event, then says Miz is clever. Damien Mizdow has helped him beat Sheamus twice. The Usos make a Twins joke that most of the crowd probably don’t get, then talks about sweeping floors (?).
Another video for Erick Rowan.
MATCH 3: WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION SHEAMUS AND THE USOS (JEY & JIMMY) VS. THE MIZ (W/DAMIEN MIZDOW), AND WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS GOLD & STARDUST
We get an inset promo from the tag champs. I’m not recapping it. Miz starts, then immediately tags out to Goldust as Sheamus starts for his team. These two lock up before Goldust hits a shoulder off the ropes. Goldust taunts Sheamus, and Sheamus responds with a side headlock before hitting a shoulder of his own. The two crisscross and Goldust blocks a hiptoss. However, a second attempt is successful, and now Stardust is in. He misses a clothesline and gets dropped with a back elbow. An Uso tags in and hits an elbow off the top. This is Jey. He hits an uppercut for 1, then tags in JImmy, with the Usos hitting a pair of double elbows for 2. Stardust comes back with a kneelift and tags in Miz, who is still wearing his sunglasses. He stomps JImmy down, takes off his glasses, then goes for an Irish whip. Jimmy counters and hits a kitchen sink. Jimmy ducks a clothesline and hits a bodyslam as Mizdow is selling better than Miz on the outside. Jimmy hits a low clothesline for 2 then sends Miz to the floor as Jey makes a blind tag. Jey hits a dropkick through the ropes, then mocks Mizdow, who is also selling the move. I love that. Jey rolls Miz into the ring and goes up top. Goldust tries to interfere, so Jey hits him with a big flying chop. When he turns around, Miz drops him with a big boot. Commercials.
Back from the break, Goldust has Jey in a rear chinlock. Jey fights out, but then gets hit with a spinebuster for 2. Stardust in, and he stomps Jey down before clubbing him across the back of the head. Miz gets in a cheap shot from the apron, and Sheamus chases both him and Mizdow up the ramp. Jey uses the distraction to sneak in a quick schoolboy for 2, but Stardust responds with a clothesline. Goldust tags in and hits a kick to the ribs, followed by a right. Jey hits a right of his own, and Goldust responds with a boot to the side of the head for 2. He picks Jey up, and Jey hits a few gut shots. Goldust drops down for an uppercut, then knocks Jimmy off the apron. He turns around into a Samoan drop by Jey, who then makes the tag to Sheamus. Stardust also tags in, and Sheamus cleans house. He nails Stardust with a running kneelift, then hits a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. Miz comes in, misses a clothesline and gets clotheslined to the floor (and Mizdow is still selling! How do you not love his contribution to the gimmick?). Jimmy takes down both Miz and Mizdow with a suicide dive, and Sheamus pulls Miz up to the apron for the 10 Beats. Stardust charges in, so Sheamus grabs him by the head and throws him into Miz, who hits the announce desk. Sheamus goes for White Noise on Stardust, who makes a blind tag to Goldust. Sheamus drops Stardust and goes for the Brogue Kick. Sheamus ducks and Goldust snaps off a powerslam for 2 as Jey breaks it up. Stardust attacks Jey and drops him with a falling inverted DDT. When he gets up, Jimmy puts him down with a superkick. Goldust blocks another kick attempt, spins Jimmy and gets hit with a reverse Dragon Whip. Goldust is back up, and Sheamus puts him down for the final time with a Brogue Kick, getting 3.
WINNERS: SHEAMUS AND THE USOS.
The Big Show is out as we get a recap of his feud with Rusev. He’s got a few things to share with the audience tonight. He’s what you call a giant, and he kind of sticks out in a crowd. Growing up as a kid, he was 6’2″ and 220 lbs. at 12 years old. When you’re that big as a kid, responsibility is thrust upon your shoulders. People expect you to act older, do things better and adapt. That’s why he’s accepting the responsibility of pinning Rusev at HIAC. He’s beaten Rusev, but he hasn’t pinned him. He’s knocked Rusev out twice, and third time’s a charm. On RAW, his best friend Mark Henry got a little emotional, and the match with Rusev ended in a DQ. He’d like to talk to Henry man-to-man about that right now.
Henry comes out and Show makes some jokes about his hygiene. He then tells a story about how, a couple years ago, they were traveling from a show together, it was late, and the only thing open for food was a Waffle House. Show starts listing off some food, then says the parking lot was full. Someone cut them off and took the last spot. Henry and Show are both hungry, it’s late, they’re grumpy…so they flipped the guy’s car over onto its roof. Then they had to go to the gas station and eat sandwiches. They ran, since they would otherwise get in trouble. Show and Henry are family, and Show’s heart was with Henry when he was fighting Rusev. Henry took that weight on his shoulders, and Show gave him some space to do things on his own. Show needs Henry to do the same thing for him now. He needs to knock out Rusev and pin him 1-2-3. Henry says Show is right about a few things. He had his shot against Rusev, and Rusev isn’t human. Show says he’s going to do some things Henry couldn’t do, and that’s a hard pill to swallow. It made Henry a bit angry, but man-to-man, if Show wants Henry to get out of his business, that’s what he’ll do. The two high-five.
That’s when Rusev comes out, followed by Lana. Lana calls them pathetic, saying they’re the Good Year blimps of WWE: all blown up, full of gas and very slow. Rusev screams at them in Russian, then says after he beats Show, the fans will turn on Show. He will let them down, just like Henry did. After Show loses to him, he’ll disgrace himself and his stupid USA. Rusev would like that. He will crush Show. Show screams at Rusev and makes fun of accent. Rusev can’t crush his spine, since it’s American-made. At HIAC, he’s going to chokeslam Rusev, knock his glass jaw off his face, then pin him 1-2-3.
MATCH 4: NAOMI VS. NIKKI BELLA
Bella picks Naomi up, backs her into the corner and hits some shoulder thrusts before tossing Naomi across the ring with a hair-mare. Bella stomps Naomi in the corner as we see Brie Bella watching on a monitor in the back. Back in the ring, Bella gets 2, then applies a rear chinlock. Naomi breaks the hold with her ass, then hits an armdrag. She hits a pair of dropkicks, a flipping clothesline and a seated dropkick. Naomi nails a forearm, ducks a clothesline and hits the Rear View for 2 as Bella gets her foot on the bottom rope. Bella rolls to the apron, where she hits a hotshot. Back in the ring, Bella picks Naomi up and hits her version of the Shock Treatment for 3.
WINNER: NIKKI BELLA.
We get a video for Bray Wyatt.
Renee Young is with Dean Ambrose. She mentions his match with Kane tonight, then asks what’s going through his head. Ambrose says that, until he was so rudely interrupted by Kane earlier, he was explaining to Seth Rollins what was going through his head, that being ripping Rollin’s face off. Rollins thinks he’s prepared for Ambrose, but you can’t prepare for the unknown. Once that cell door locks, and it’s just the two of them, even Ambrose doesn’t know what he’ll do. Kane says he’s aggressive and wants to hear Ambrose scream in pain. Kane has starred in one too many horror flicks. This isn’t Hollywood; this is Birmingham, AL. Let’s make Kane’s next movie an action-adventure flick. Yippee-kai-yay.
Rollins goes into a waistlock, and Kane quickly breaks free before hitting an uppercut. Kane hits a boot and goes for a bodyslam, but Ambrose escapes and rolls to the floor in front of Ambrose. Kane chases after him, and Ambrose immediately slides back into the ring. He taunts Kane back in, ducks a clothesline and tees off on Kane in the corner. Kane grabs him by the neck and throws him to the corner before nailing a series of rights. Ambrose ducks a shot, hits a few of his own and lands a seated dropkick against the ropes before clotheslining Kane to the floor. He begs Rollins to come into the ring, and low-bridges an incoming Kane in the process. Ambrose nails him with a slingshot plancha on the floor, then stomps him down as Kane rolls back into the ring. In the corner, Ambrose hits a few boots and goes for a whip. Kane reverses and runs into a boot. Ambrose goes for a tornado DDT, but Kane throws him off and hits a big boot. Ambrose gets tossed to the floor, and Kane rams him into the barricade, then the apron, then the barricade again, then the apron once more. He whips Ambrose’s left arm into the steps a couple of times. Back in the ring, Kane steps on Ambrose in the corner, then works over his left arm in the ropes before snapping him down to the mat for 2. Kane continues to work on the left arm until Ambrose bites Kane’s fingers. Kane tosses him to the floor once again, then tries to slam him into the steps. Ambrose blocks and slams Kane into them before dropkicking him into them. Back in the ring, Ambrose hits a suicide dive. He rolls Kane in, goes up top and hits a seated missile dropkick. Ambrose nails a corner forearm, then hits a bulldog for 2. Ambrose sets up the double-arm DDT, but Rollins causes a distraction. Ambrose nails him on the apron, then goes for a cross-body on Kane. Kane catches him and looks for a powerslam. Ambrose escapes and goes for a rebound clothesline, but Rollins grabs him by the neck and pulls him to the floor, leading to the DQ.
WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: DEAN AMBROSE.
Rollins attacks Ambrose at ringside, then rolls him back into the ring to Kane. Kane stomps Ambrose down as Rollins joins him in the ring. Rollins tells Kane to go for a chair, then powerbombs Ambrose into the buckles. Kane slides a chair into the ring, and Rollins sets up the curb stomp. Ambrose sidesteps it, sending Rollins back-first onto the chair. He knocks Kane off the apron, grabs the chair and begins stalking Rollins. Kane is back in, and he goozles Ambrose. Ambrose breaks free and assaults Kane with the chair until he rolls to the floor.
End of show.
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