Kofi Kingston makes his way to the ring to start us off this week. Miz is back with Josh Mathews on commentary. Antonio Cesaro enters with Zeb Colter. Cesaro is upset because a returning Santino Marella beat him on Raw.
Kofi Kingston vs. Antonio Cesaro
Cesaro hits a dropkick and stomps on Kofi. Shoulderbock and a quick cover doesn’t stop Kingston. Headlock is locked in by Antonio. Kofi hits a big elbow for a one. Cesaro trips Kingston into the turnbuckle. Once they are back up, Cesaro works on Kofi in the corner, until Kofi counters with a kick. Cesaro uses his head and shoulders to flip Kofi back into the ring from the apron. Cesaro throws Kingston into the corner, Kofi counters with a kick. They go outside the ring where Kofi hops over the steps, and runs back to flip on Cesaro! Back in the ring, Cesaro gets away from Kofi to avoid a pin. Gutwrench from Cesaro, followed by another one, two. Kofi gets in some kicks and punches until Cesaro throws him out of the ring.
After the break, Cesaro has a rear chinlock in place. Kofi with a couple clotheslines and a dropkick. Boom drop connects, Kofi sets up for Trouble in Paradise. Cesaro ducks, Kofi rolls him up for a two. Crossbody from Kingston, two. Cesaro throws Kofi up, Kingston turns it around, but Cesaro throws him up for a big uppercut, two. Another cover, kickout. Antonio tries to get Kofi up, and Kofi tries for a roll-up but it is reversed. Cesaro puts Kofi up, and he reverses it to the SOS, nearfall. They get back up, Cesaro catches Kofi’s TIP, and swings Kingston around for over thirty seconds. Big clothesline from Cesaro, kickout. Kofi reverses the Neutralizer into a roll-up. Kofi nails Trouble in Paradise for the three.
Winner: Kofi Kingston – by pinfall (13:28)
Josh and Miz tease that Kofi will get a future shot at the Intercontinental Championship. Up next, a look at the Punk/Heyman rivalry.
NOC Kickoff Match: Prime Time Players, 3MB, The Uso’s, Tons of Funk, and The Real Americans will all participate it a #1 Contender’s Tag Team Turmoil match.
We get a video package. Footage is shown of Lesnar vs. Punk at SummerSlam, where Lesnar wins. Heyman betrayed Punk at MITB. Punk is now acting like a sad, pathetic loser. Punk says he’s p*ssed off. Punk beat Axel, and then attacked Paul. Monday, Heyman “injured” his knee Monday on Raw. Then they go to where Heyman brutalized Punk with a kendo stick. This Sunday, CM Punk will face Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman in a Handicap Elimination match.
Brodus Clay and Tensai make their way to the commentary booth for the next tag team match. The Prime Time Players are going to be in action against two members of 3MB.
Prime Time Players vs. Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal
Titus and Mahal start. Mahal applies a headlock, but is dropped on his back. Tag to Slater. Slater gets in some punches before being elbowed. Heath tags Jinder back in. Titus throws Mahal into their corner and blows his whistle while stomping on him. Young gets in, Slater tagged. Headlock on Darren. Young hits a big punch on Slater, cover and kickout. Darren locks in a headlock, works on the left arm. O’Neil tagged in, Titus drops Young onto Slater. They take out Mahal as they go to commercial.
Back from break, O’Neil drops Mahal to the mat, and tags Young. Titus throws Darren into Mahal. Young hits a suplex, two. On the turnbuckle, Darren hits a few punches before Jinder rolls out. Slater distracts, which allows Jinder to hit a big knee for a two. Slater locks in a headlock. Darren rolls Slater up, close two. Young throws Heath over his shoulders. Jinder is back in throwing several punches. Cover, two. Mahal connects with three knee drops, tag to Heath. Slater covers, two. Young connects with a suplex, tags in O’Neil. Titus hits a shoulderblock, and throws Jinder over his shoulders. Titus covers, Slater breaks it up. heath is shoved off the apron, Mahal rolls Titus up. Mahal turns around into Clash of the Titus for the victory.
Winners: Prime Time Players –by pinfall(11:51)
Josh and Miz discuss the Triple H dictatorship. At SummerSlam, Bryan won the WWE Title, and then Hunter screwed him. Orton is champ. It was to ensure the future of the WWE, it was best for business. Bryan isn’t an A player. Booker T tried to give Daniel some advice. Daniel says it isn’t about the money, it’s about the title. Triple H fired Cody Rhodes. Bryan beat Dean Ambrose on Raw, and Orton attacked. Triple H ordered Big Show to knock Bryan out, but Bryan knees Orton and celebrates with the WWE Championship. Sunday, Daniel Bryan will get his rematch for the WWE Title against Randy Orton.
On SmackDown: Edge returns with Cutting Edge. His guests, WWE Champion Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan.
R-Truth makes his way to the ring rapping. After commercial, Big E Langston enters.
R-Truth vs. Big E Langston
R-Truth applies a headlock, Big E gets out and hits a shoulderblock. Truth connects with a dropkick, Big E rolls out of the ring. R-Truth jumps out onto Langston. Back in the ring, Langston drops Truth onto his knee three times, followed by a big splash for a two. Abdominal stretch from Big E weakens R-Truth. Big E connects with the belly-to-belly slam for a two. Truth hits a heel kick, and trips Big E. DDT, cover and kickout. He attempts for the scissors kick, and Langston switches it around. Langston hits the Big Ending and it’s over.
Winner: Big E Langston – by pinfall (5:18)