Alberto Del Rio, Ricardo Rodriguez and David Otunga opened the show with video evidence of Ricardo's injury, pleading their case for the Brogue Kick to be banned. Booker polled the crowd on that, they understandably vetoed the idea. The heels simmered.
Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara d. Cody Rhodes and the Miz: Rey pinned Miz with the top-rope splash, after Cody accidentally kicked Miz in the head while trying to break up a pinfall. Does that put Rey in line for another IC Title shot?
Backstage, Daniel Bryan walked past Hornswoggle backstage, and Hornswoggle wanted a hug. Bryan wanted nothing to do with that, so Hornswoggle offered a handshake instead. Bryan thought it over and finally shook his hand, but Hornswoggle then stomped his foot and ran away. What a jerk!
Daniel Bryan d. Zack Ryder: After the Broski Boot, while Ryder was signalling for the Ruff Ryder, Bryan just started saying "No!" in the corner, refusing to stand up and let Ryder hit the move. Ryder was confused, and Bryan finally got up and asked for a hug. Ryder, being an idiot, eventually obliged, and after the hug Bryan took him down into the No!lock to make him tap out. But wait!
Zack Ryder d. Daniel Bryan: When Bryan refused to release the hold, the referee reversed the decision. Cue the tantrum!
Damien Sandow cut a promo talking about how he wasn't a coward or craven, he was intelligent when he ran away from Sheamus last week. He didn't have time to prepare for his match, which was a travesty. Randy Orton interrupted him, as he had a scheduled match at the time before Sandow came out, and he'd petitioned Booker T to make Sandow his opponent instead.
Randy Orton d. Damien Sandow: Orton won by count-out. Dolph Ziggler did guest commentary during the match. When Orton had the advantage outside the ring, Ziggler distracted him and Sandow shoved him into the corner ringpost, then fled for his life. When he saw that Orton was hurt on the Titantron, he changed his mind and returned to press the advantage. Orton made his comeback and hit the DDT off the ropes, and while he was doing the viper coil, Sandow simply rolled out of the ring and fled. Orton and Ziggler got into a fight afterwards, and Sandow ran back out to try to get revenge, but ate an RKO instead as Ziggler escaped.
Backstage, David Otunga continued to plead his case to Booker T about the Brogue Kick, showing X-rays of Rodriguez's neck and threatening to sue Booker and Smackdown if worker safety wasn't taken into account. Booker said he'd think about it, and promptly booked Otunga vs. Sheamus for later.
The Prime Time Players d. Epico and Primo and the Usos: This Triple Threat Match was for the #1 Contendership for the tag titles. D-Young hit his gutbuster on Epico, followed by an Uso hitting a top rope splash, but Young threw the Uso out of the ring to steal the pin.
Backstage, Dolph Ziggler pleaded with Teddy Long to give him a match with Randy Orton at Night of Champions. Teddy said Night of Champions was supposed to be a night when every title is defended, and Ziggler didn't have a title. But that didn't mean that they couldn't have a non-title match in addition, so he said he'd suggest it to Booker.
Wade Barrett d. Yoshi Tatsu: Barrett made his return with new music and facial hair. He beat Yoshi Tatsu with a short-arm elbow strike. After the match, he complained about the lack of competition, saying that if he wasn't immediately put into the title hunt on his return that it was just boring. As a result, to keep things interesting, "Wade Barrett is open for business". He's going to be a hired gun, APA style?
Sheamus d. David Otunga: Alberto Del Rio watched from ringside. As Sheamus set up for the Brogue Kick, Booker called for him to stop, saying that after consideration he was left with little choice but to ban the Brogue Kick. Del Rio was ecstatic while Sheamus was displeased. Otunga tried to sneak in a strike, but ate the Irish Curse instead. Sheamus then locked on the Texas Cloverleaf for the submission win.
Good to see Wade Barrett back with the new attitude and awesome beard. I'm a bit disappointed that he doesn't go right after the Big Show seeing as how his gimmick is more focused on bare-knuuckle and the fact that THE BIG SHOW INJURED HIM! Creative isn't so adamant on sticking with logic these days.
I read that interview yesterday - and upon reading it gained a ton of optimism myself. (Not that I wasn't excited prior to that.) I kept telling myself I never needed to see Hulk Hogan again, but DAMMIT if Vince hasn't caused the mark in me to rise up.