Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Big E Langston vs. Zeb Colter (winner gets to choose the stipulation for the World Title match at Extreme Rules)
Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Zigglar, A.J. Lee and Jack Swagger are all at ringside for this train wreck. Luckily, it’s not too long and it was actually entertaining. Zeb stays out of the ring for most of the match while Ricardo does his best against the monster Langston. I actually laughed out loud at one point when Ricardo hit Langston in the back with his pail. It had no effect and after Langston turned around to face him, Ricardo threw the pail and it bounced off his head. Hey, I thought it was funny! Anyway, everyone gets involved at some point and Ricardo ends up pinning Zeb Coulter so Alberto Del Rio gets to choose the stipulation for the World Title match at Extreme Rules.
Winner: Ricardo Rodriguez
Next up is a nice segment with John Cena and three Make-A-Wish kids. I really respect Cena for the work that he does outside the ring and he really gives these kids the royal treatment. They even get introduced by the ring announcer and get to stand on the entrance ramp. The crowd is pretty hot tonight and they cheered for Cena and the kids, which was nice.
Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes
I need to disclose right up front that I do not like Randy Orton. I find him to be incredibly boring and generic with no charisma. At least Cody Rhodes has a moustache! Anyway, this is a pretty good back and forth match, much better than I expected. Rhodes came very close to winning but in the end Orton got the pin. After the match Matt Stiker was interviewing Orton and he ended up giving Rhodes another RKO.
Winner: Randy Orton
Brie Bella vs. Naomi
Before the match there was a hype video for the new reality series called “Total Divas” that’s coming to E! this summer. I’m sure I’ll watch it no matter how bad it is, just because (as Mark Henry would say) that’s what I do! Nikki Bella and Cameron are at ringside for this one. Very short match with the Bellas getting the pin thanks to a little twin magic….but hold on! The referee actually calls them on it and disqualifies Brie, declaring Naomi the winner!
After the commercial break, The Shield hit the ring for a little in-ring microphone work. They play some video clips and talk about all the guys that they’ve laid out since debuting in the WWE. Then 3MB interrupt and attack them, Shield style. It’s 3 on 3 for a while with the Shield in control until some very loud pyro explodes, signaling the entrance of Team Hell No. All 3 members of The Shield run off so Daniel Bryan and Kane beat the crap out of 3MB instead. A very silly segment but hey, at least 3MB got some more air time, right?
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston
Ziggler of course has Big E Langston and AJ Lee with him (and I love how AJ holds the World Title belt during this match, she practically snuggles with it). Apparently this is a non-title champion vs. champion match. This is a pretty good match, about what you’d expect from these two. Kofi pretty much had Ziggler beat several times but Langston and Lee help save him. Ziggler eventually hits the Zig Zag and wins. Big E hits his move on Kofi not once, but twice. I really don’t like his finishing move. I think it looks stupid and seems like it would hurt him more than his opponent, but hey what do I know?
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
We go to a backstage segment with Natalya, Kaitlyn and AJ. Kaitlyn gets some flowers from a secret admirer. Not sure what the point of this was, but I guess it will turn into something in the future.
Jack Swagger vs. Zack Ryder
Swagger dominates this match for the most part. Ryder gets in a little offense just before Swagger catches him in the Patriot Lock and Ryder submits.
Winner: Jack Swagger
Mark Henry is in the ring for a tug of war contest. “Sweet T” Tensai comes out and is no match for Henry. Brodus Clay then comes out and gives it a try. Henry wins that one easily too. Next up is Sheamus. I don’t exactly see Sheamus being in the same class as Mark Henry so I hope they don’t try to insult my intelligence with this. Sheamus does actually start to pull Henry toward the line but once Sheamus starts losing he lets go of the rope, sending Henry down to the mat. Then Sheamus hits a Brogue Kick to send Henry out of the ring.
Antonio Cesaro vs. Alberto Del Rio
Ricardo Rodriguez does the usual intro and has his little pail with him. Is it just me or did they spice up Del Rio’s music since he turned face? It seems a little different. This was a good match, but the crowd doesn’t seem too interested in Cesaro. With the way he’s been booked that’s not surprising. The crowd is into Del Rio and Ricardo which is surprising to me. I didn’t think he would really get over as a good guy. I think it’s more due to Ricardo’s antics than anything Del Rio is doing though. After the match Del Rio announces that the Triple Threat World Title match at Extreme Rules will be a ladder match.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Fandango and Summer Rae vs. Great Khali and Natalya in a dance-off
Winner (judged by crowd response): Great Khali and Natalya
Fandango attacks Khali after the contest and leaves him lying in the middle of the ring.
John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Kane vs. The Shield (Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins)
A good match which really showcased each member of The Shield. I can’t decide which one of them I like the best. They are all so good in the ring! I don’t know if Cena’s injury is legit or not but he powered through some impressive moves before his ankle gave out. Roman Reigns got the 1-2-3 on Cena after hitting him with a spear. Ryback (who was supposed to be Cena’s partner but backed out due to not wanting to carry an injured Cena) stood at the top of the ramp while the trainers and medical staff attended to Cena.
Winner: The Shield