Dolph Ziggler starts us off tonight by making his way to the ring for singles competition. Alex Riley is filling in for Miz on commentary as Miz was brutally attacked by Randy Orton on Raw. The Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel enters. Heyman and Axel beat CM Punk by DQ at Night of Champions after Ryback interfered.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Curtis Axel (w/ Ryback and Paul Heyman)
Lock up, headlock on Dolph. Ziggler gets out, arm drag. Ziggler with a headlock take-over, Axel gets out only for Ziggler tackle him back down. Curtis steps out onto the apron to get a break. Back in, they lock up again. Axel sends several elbows to the back of Dolph, and then throws him into the turnbuckle chest-first. Chin lock in place on Ziggler. Axel nails an elbow, cover. Axel puts in a headlock. Ziggler nails a great dropkick, sends several punches. Axel throws Dolph out of the ring as they go to commercial.
Axel has a headlock in place on Dolph. Curtis dodges Ziggler’s splash in the corner, cover for a two. Axel drops Ziggler to his knee, two. Ziggler gets out of an arm lock, Axel throws Dolph up in the air. Cover and another kickout. Ziggler unloads with punches, dropkick from Axel, two. Clothesline from behind, two-count on Dolph. Axel hits the ring post and rolls out. Another dropkick from Ziggler, nails the splash in the corner. Multiple punches throw, neckbreaker. Big clothesline, two. Axel dodges Famouser, and slams Ziggler with a back drop. Axel goes for his neckbreaker, Ziggler rolls him up. Famouser connects, two. Ziggler plants Axel with a DDT, nearfall. Ryback distracts Ziggler, Axel kicks him off the apron. The ref is distracted and Ryback hits the Meat Hook. Back in the ring, Axel hits his finisher for the win.
Winner: Curtis Axel – by pinfall (15:04)
Up next, we will see an interview with Triple H conducted by Michael Cole. After commercial, Riley and Mathews talk about Triple H.
Exclusive Interview: Triple H asks Cole what would he do if he found a senior referee screwing other superstars out of retaining a title. Hunter says he will continue to look in to this. He announces Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton for the vacated WWE Championship at Battleground on October 6th.
Kofi Kingston makes his way to the ring for the next match. Kofi will be facing Fandango. Kofi lost to Curtis Axel for the IC Championship in an impromptu match at Night of Champions, and Fandango lost to The Miz.
Kofi Kingston vs. Fandango (w/ Summer Rae)
Fandango starts to dance, they lock up. Fandango trips Kofi, and they work on each other’s arms. Lock up again. Shoulder block, Fandango monkey-flips Kingston, and Kofi lands it to hit one of his own. Headlock locked in on Kofi. Shoulder block by Fandango, Kofi hits a couple dropkicks and attempts Trouble in Paradise. Outside the ring, Kofi jumps out onto Fandango.
Kingston is tripped by Fandango on the turnbuckle. Kofi spills to the outside. Back in the ring, Kofi is pinned for a two. Headlock applied. Kofi powers out, tries for a roll-up. “You Can’t Dance” chants break out as Fandango sends Kofi into the turnbuckle. Kingston is hit with a suplex, two. Headlock back in place, Kofi back-drops Fandango. Dropkick and clothesline from Kofi, followed by the Boom Drop. Sets up for TIP, Fandango counters. Kofi hits a spring-board clothesline, two. Fandango connects with a kick to the head, nearfall. They trade punches, Kofi hits a dropkick. SOS connects, close kickout. Kingston hits Trouble in Paradise for the victory.
Winner: Kofi Kingston – by pinfall (13:41)
Raw Rebound: Dusty Rhodes wanted Cody to get his job back. He talks about Goldust fighting Randy Orton, and being proud of his kids. He wants to talk to Stephanie who says Dusty has to pick whether Cody or Dustyn gets their job back. He won’t pick. The Shield comes down, and then Big Show. Now, Rhodes has to pick whether to be destroyed by The Shield, or KO’ed by Show. No answer, so Stephanie orders the KO. Show eventually delivers. Dusty is stretchered out of the arena. The latest on his condition, Dusty is sore.
Damien Sandow vs. Justin Gabriel
Gabriel goes after the left arm. Justin hits a dropkick, backslide. Another cover, two. Sandow throws Gabriel out of the ring. Cover, one. Sandow takes Justin down, another one. Elbow of Disdain connects from Sandow, two. Justin dodges the knee drop. Gabriel sends several kicks, two. Crossbody from Gabriel, another two. Justin trips Damien, goes for 450. Sandow moves, and trips Justin into the turnbuckle. Sandow hits the Silencer for the three.
Winner: Damien Sandow – by pinfall (3:35)