The trio of WWE Champion CM Punk, World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan and United States Champion Zack Ryder had reason to celebrate. Lifelong sports-entertainment fans, the three Superstars overcame some serious odds to walk away from WWE TLC with their respective titles in hand. But the mutual admiration society didn't have much time to pat each other on the back in Philadelphia. Soon besieged by the tyrannical trio of The Miz, Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler, the three champions fought off their attackers before receiving word from Interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis that they would face those three Superstars in tonight's main event.
Still wearing the scars of his brutal Tables Match with Randy Orton, the villainous Wade Barrett didn't bother trying to have a legitimate match with The Viper — he just wanted to hurt him. And that's exactly what the British Thug did as he got himself disqualified by driving his thumb into Orton's eye before ruthlessly slamming his opponent through a table. Clearly, this rivalry is far from over.
The Glamazon just got outfoxed. A day after she smashed Kelly Kelly at WWE TLC, the Divas Champion locked up with the leggy Alicia Fox and found herself staring at the lights when it was all over. Smart, spunky and beautiful, it's no wonder Alicia is now blogging for internet sensation Perez Hilton alongside her pals Kelly and Eve at FitPerez.com/WWEDivas.
Give Jinder Mahal some credit. Frustrated after getting obliterated by The Celtic Warrior last week, the Punjabi Superstar wanted to face The Great White to prove he could beat him. Instead, Sheamus wiped the floor with Mahal before putting him away with The Celtic Cross. Okay, so don't give him too much credit.
Hell has come back. One week after he shocked the WWE Universe by assaulting John Cena, Kane stomped into Philadelphia and did it all over again.
Hitting the ring to admit that he's willing to fight if that's what The Big Red Monster wants, Cena was surprised when Mark Henry appeared instead of Kane. The World's Strongest Man and the former WWE Champion were ready to come to blows when the deafening pyro of The Devil's Favorite Demon exploded. The masked monster ignored Henry and went right for the Cenation leader, but Cena was ready and clotheslined him over the ropes. Still, the fiery giant fought back, dragging his target from the squared circle before throwing him around the ringside area and tearing off his “Rise Above Hate” shirt in a frightening display of rage.
They may have fallen to WWE Tag Team Champions Air Boom at WWE TLC, but the dangerous team of Primo & Epico has not lost direction. Looking to earn another title match, the duo bashed their way through the skilled team of Jey & Jimmy Uso with more than a little inspiration from their spicy manager, Rosa Mendes.
Still pleased with himself over the previous night's underhanded victory over Booker T, Cody Rhodes took some leftover aggression out on the Italian Superstar. This Intercontinental Champion needs either a padded room or a some serious counseling.
It looks like the change The Straight Edge Superstar promised is finally coming to fruition. Entering the ring through a raucous Philly crowd, WWE Champion CM Punk, World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan & United States Champion Zack Ryder showed how they were leading WWE into 2012 by blasting their way through a veritable rogues’ gallery with blunt force. The exciting young Superstars each got their fill of action before Bryan made Del Rio tap out to the LeBell Lock.
If it wasn't clear at WWE TLC, it should be after this bout — the future is now.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Dark Match: Ted DiBiase defeated Dean Ambrose
- Randy Orton defeated Wade Barrett by DQ (8:01)
- Alicia Fox defeated Beth Phoenix (0:48)
- Sheamus defeated Jinder Mahal (1:55)
- Epico & Primo (w/ Rosa Mendes) defeated The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso) (2:54)
- Cody Rhodes defeated Santino Marella (1:25)
- CM Punk, Daniel Bryan & Zack Ryder defeated Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler & The Miz (w/ Vickie Guerrero) (13:15)
- Dark Match: John Cena defeated Kane by DQ
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