This week opens with Dean Ambrose marching down to the ring. He says the laws of physics don’t apply to him. What goes up must go down, but he doesn’t stay down. Why does he keep getting back up? He could say he’s indestructible and this stuff doesn’t hurt, but the truth is it does hurt. His bones and muscles ache. Fighting the Authority can be very painful. No, the reason he keeps getting back up can go back to Mick Foley. Foley was the “Hardcore Legend”, but deep-down was always a nice guy. Ambrose isn’t a nice guy. He doesn’t have a loving family, and he has nothing to live for except delivering pain to people, and that’s what keeps moving him forward to HIAC. Ever since Seth Rollins stabbed him in the back…this Sunday, you can’t take your money with you when you’re knee-deep in your own personal hell. If Rollins has anything to say about that, he can come out here right now and say it.
Rollins appears on the TitanTron and says Ambrose doesn’t tell him what to do. He tells Ambrose what to do and does the calling out. As a matter of fact, later tonight, that’s exactly what he’ll do. As for the past, let’s remember Rollins spoon-fed him the catchphrases during the Shield. Ambrose is an idiot for believing all of that. They weren’t building something special; it was Rollins all along, planning his moment. Ambrose is talking about vengeance like it’s a jackpot. It’s cheap and not worth a damn, just like Ambrose. What’s priceless is the future. Ambrose’s ends at HIAC, but Rollins’ future truly begins when he disposes of Ambrose on Sunday. Then, when the time is right, he’ll cash in his MITB contract and solidify himself as the future of WWE. Ambrose says Rollins has a way with words, but he won’t be able to talk his way out of things on Sunday. They will burn together, but Rollins will perish alone.
MATCH 1: LOS MATADORES (DIEGO AND FERNANDO, W/EL TORITO) VS. THE MIZ AND DAMIEN MIZDOW
Sheamus is on commentary for this match. Mizdow starts for his team, kicking a Matador in the gut. He backdrops him into the corner, but the Matador counters with a headscissors. We find out this is Diego. Mizdow tags into Diego. Diego ducks a clothesline, hits some chops and a pair of boots in the corner. Miz comes back with a hotshot in the corner, then hits a lame version of the 10 Beats of the Bodhran while looking at Sheamus. He snaps Diego back into the ring, then hits a hanging clothesline. Mizdow tags in and nails Diego in the gut. Diego avoids a clothesline and trips Mizdow into the ropes. Miz and Fernando tag in. Fernando hits a couple of spinning back elbows, then nails a flapjack onto the top buckle. Fernando goes up top and hits a somersault plancha for 2 as Mizdow breaks it up. Diego comes in and launches Mizdow to the floor before Miz knocks him out as well. In the ring, Fernando goes for a backcracker, but Miz blocks it. He applies the figure-4 as Mizdow does the same to Diego on the floor. Fernando taps.
We get another promo from the Dust Brothers. They’re joined by Bo Dallas. He says he’s here in the peace. Mark Henry and the Usos don’t stand a chance against them tonight. The Dust Brothers may have the cosmic key, but all they have to do is Bolieve! Goldust calls him a weirdo.
MATCH 2: ALICIA FOX (W/PAIGE) VS. WWE DIVAS CHAMPION AJ LEE (NON-TITLE)
The two lock up, and Lee breaks it with an arm wringer. Fox hits a forearm, and Lee comes back with a spinning headscissors. Fox knocks her down, but Lee quickly comes back with a guillotine. Fox breaks it by ramming Lee into the corner, then hits a northern lights suplex for 2 before applying a rear chinlock. Fox clubs Lee with a foream, then hits a bodyslam. She chokes Lee over the middle rope as Paige is screaming. In the corner, Lee comes back with a pair of knees, then hits a mule kick. Paige causes a distraction, allowing Fox to nail her. She goes for another bodyslam, but Lee slides out, shoves Fox into Paige (who is on the apron), then quickly schoolgirls her for 3.
WINNER: AJ LEE.
We get another Wyatt Family video, and this time, it’s geared towards all three guys going solo.
We get a sit-down interview with Michael Cole and the Big Show. Show apparently asked for this interview, wanting to address what happened on RAW. Cole points out Rusev attacked a “uniformed soldier”, otherwise known as a local independent wrestler, and we then see the video. Back to Show, he says Rusev despises everything that represents the US. He tried to pull down Old Glory, and that led to the soldier crossing the line and entering the ring, standing up for what he believes in. The flag represents freedom, and that soldier defends the flag every day. Rusev took a cheap shot. The soldier got into the ring and was quickly detained by security, and Rusev nailed him anyway. We learn the soldier is okay and has a sense of humor, but Rusev still could have handled it better. Cole points out Show tore down the Russian flag a couple weeks ago, and asks him to compare the two incidents. Show says he was wrong and has apologized several times. He has Russian friends and has apologized to them. He didn’t mean to disrespect Russia; he wanted to disrespect Rusev and Lana. He was in the moment, and it was the wrong thing to do. He’s apologized for that. Rusev is a completely different story. Cole says Show has a big passion for the Armed Forces. Show calls it a great honor to visit the troops overseas. He’s met all kinds of famous people, and those aren’t his heroes; his heroes are the troops. He talks about the “Tribute to the Troops” tapings, then tells a story about meeting a 2-star general in 2003 who was so thankful Show visited him that he cried. Show calls it humbling. They go to boost morale, and Show’s morale gets boosted instead. It’s a unique experience to be a WWE star and have that effect on your heroes. Cole asks Show about Hulk Hogan, who talked about the match with Rusev on the WWE Network. We cut to that promo, and it’s typical Hogan in every way. Back to Show and Cole, Cole asks if Show can keep his emotions in check Sunday and do something no one else has done, that being get Rusev to submit or pin him. Show says he absolutely cannot and will not keep his emotions in check at HIAC. To answer the second part, he will knock Rusev’s ass out and pin him 1-2-3.
MATCH 3-INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: DOLPH ZIGGLER (CHAMPION) VS. CESARO
Cesaro goes for a side headlock, and Ziggler counters into a waistlock takedown. The two continue reversing each other until they get a rope break. Cesaro gets in a cheap shot with a kneelift, then goes for a monkey flip. Ziggler lands on his feet and hits a hiptoss. Cesaro blocks the Show-Off Elbow, and Ziggler covers him for 1. These two trade numerous pinfall attempts, each only getting 1. Cesaro misses a clothesline, and Ziggler nails a dropkick for 2. Cesaro reverses a corner whip, sending Ziggler into the ring post and tumbling to the floor. Commercials.
Back from the break, Cesaro has Ziggler in a modified top wristlock. Ziggler breaks free, but Cesaro locks in a sleeper. Ziggler tries to fight out, so Cesaro yanks him down by the tights. Ziggler gets back to his feet and punches his way out, then ducks a clothesline before Cesaro reapplies the sleeper. Ziggler escapes and applies one of his own. Cesaro escapes, but Ziggler quickly jumps on his back and applies a scissored sleeper. Cesaro breaks it with a ram into the corner. Ziggler comes back with a back elbow, ducks a clothesline, hits a pair of his own, followed by a corner splash and a neckbreaker. Ziggler nails the Show-Off Elbow for 2. He goes for the rocker dropper, but Cesaro catches him. He goes for a powerbomb, and Ziggler tries to counter with a hurricanrana. Cesaro holds on, lifts him back up, and Ziggler rolls through into a sunset flip for 2. He ducks another clothesline and hits a satellite into another scissored sleeper. Cesaro breaks it by falling into the corner again, but Ziggler keeps the bodyscissors locked on. Cesaro flips him around to the front and powers him up into a suplex for 2. Ziggler hits a back elbow and goes for a leaping DDT, but Cesaro spins him into an inverted sidewinder for 2. Ziggler comes back with a quick schoolboy for 2, and Cesaro responds by nailing a big boot for 2. He hits a tigerbomb for another 2, and now Cesaro is getting frustrated. Cesaro grabs Ziggler by the foot, and sets up the Cesaro Swing. Ziggler counters into a small package for 2. Back up, Ziggler goes for the superkick. Cesaro blocks and goes for the European uppercut. Ziggler spins out and nails the Zig-Zag for 3.
WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: DOLPH ZIGGLER.
MATCH 4: NIKKI BELLA, CAMERON AND NAOMI VS. NATALYA, NAOMI AND BRIE BELLA
Brie starts with Cameron, and Cameron immediately goes into a hair yank. Brie hits a back elbow, a couple of kneelifts, then gets clotheslined off a that stupid leg flip move that has never done anything for anyone, ever. Rae tags in, hits a foot-choke in the corner and lands a clothesline for 2. Brie gets ent to the corner, where she blocks a charge. She fights Cameron and Nikki off in the corner, but then gets about the weakest kick in the history of kicks from Rae off the ropes. Rae hits both Nattie and Naomi, then gets hit with a dropsh*t. On the outside. Cameron yanks Naomi to the floor. Back in the ring, Rae hits a roundhouse before tagging in Nikki. Nikki picks Brie up and hits her with the Shock Treatment for 3.
WINNERS: NIKKI BELLA, CAMERON AND SUMMER RAE.
Nikki grabs a mic and says Brie’s life after Sunday will be hell when Brie is forced to become her personal assistant. She says she’ll be the wicked stepsister and Brie will become, and I’m quoting, “Cinderbella”.
MATCH 5: THE USOS (JEY & JIMMY) AND MARK HENRY VS. BO DALLAS, AND WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS GOLD & STARDUST
Henry goes after Dallas, but Dallas drops to the floor. He comes back in and immediately tags out to Stardust. Jey tags in, and Stardust beats him down before running into a hiptoss. He hits a diving headbutt before tagging in Jimmy. Jimmy gets nailed as Goldust tags in. Jimmy reverses a corner whip and backdrops Goldust to the floor. Stardust comes in, and he takes a double clothesline to the floor. Dallas tries to sneak in, but Henry chases him off once more. Commercials.
Back from the break, Stardust nails Jimmy with a clothesline. Goldust tags in and drops a pair of elbows for 2. He applies a rear chinlock now, but Jimmy fights his way out. Goldust shoves him to the corner, where he nails Goldust’s partners. Goldust blocks a kick, but Jimmy turns it into a reverse Dragon Whip. Henry and Dallas tag in, and Henry cleans house. He goes for for WSS on Stardust, but Stardust escapes, only to turn around into a superkick by Jey. One of the Usos takes out Goldust on the outside. On the apron, Stardust yanks the other one down by the foot, whipping him onto his back. In the ring, Henry throws Dallas into the corner. On the other side, Stardust tries a dive on Henry. Henry sees it coming, catches him and hits the World’s Strongest Slam. Dallas sneaks up behind Henry, hits the Running Bo-Dog and gets 3.
WINNERS: BO DALLAS, GOLD & STARDUST.
Remember when Mark Henry was the World Champion?
Renee Young is with Dolph Ziggler. She congratulates him on his victory earlier. Ziggler starts to pander to the crowd, but is interrupted by Cesaro. Cesaro calls him lucky, then says the IC title is the most prestigious title in the company and it belongs to him. He then challenges Ziggler to a Best-of-3-Falls Match for the title at HIAC, and Ziggler accepts. Cesaro says he’s going to show Ziggler up. Ziggler says it’s too bad he’s too damn good.
End of show.
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