THE MIZ VS. CODY RHODES
A back-and-forth short match. Like a TV match between the two, nothing special. Rhodes came off the top rope with a missile dropkick, but Miz caught his legs as he came off and put him in the figure four for the submission win.
CHRIS JERICHO VS. FANDANGO
Jericho won cleanly with a codebreaker as Fandango came off the top rope. The timing of the finish looked really good. There were a few rough spots but this was basically a good opener. Jericho did more than most, including a plancha to the floor. Crowd was into it, particularly by the end.
Sheamus interview. Just talked about how tractor trailers don't hit back.
KOFI KINGSTON VS. DEAN AMBROSE FOR THE U.S. TITLE
Amborse won the title with his headlock DDT after Kingston went for a Trouble in Paradise but missed. I think he was supposed to crotch himself on the top with the miss but it didn't quite happen. Short match. Nothing wrong with it but I think most would have expected more. It was more they didn't have time, as they were going for near falls a few minutes in. At one point, Kingston gave Ambrose the Trouble in Paradise but Ambrose was on the apron and fell to the floor. JBL pushed how Kingston could win via count out but instead wanted to pin him and that it was a mistake. When Kingston threw him in, Ambrose got his hand on the ropes.
Being in St. Louis, they actually made Sam Muchnick and Lou Thesz references.
SHEAMUS VS. MARK HENRY IN A STRAP MATCH
The match consisted of both guys dragging each other around the ring. There was a tease like in usual strap matches with both touching three buckles but Henry stopped it. There was only one spot of whipping and it was kept short. Sheamus touched three corners, then Brogue kicked Henry and touched the fourth corner to win. Match was okay.
Kaitlyn and A.J. got intro a backstage brawl when Kaitlyn made a Looney Tunes reference as they were insulting each other. The officials pulled them apart while Tamina Snuka and the Bellas watched. It's possible they'll add the match, but they didn't make it clear. In the talking before the fight broke out, they said A.J. wasn't feeling good so the title match was delayed.
ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. JACK SWAGGER IN AN I QUIT MATCH
Del Rio won with the armbar and Swagger said "I Quit." They did a deal earlier where Swagger had him in the ankle lock and Ricardo Rodriguez teased throwing in the towel. Del Rio told him not to. Zeb Colter got the towel and threw it in and Mike Chioda ruled Swagger the winner because of the towel being thrown in. A second ref came out and told Chioda what happened. He looked at the replay like an NFL official, saw what happened and said if Del Rio can continue, they would restart the match. Del Rio struggled to his feet and the restarted match went about 45 seconds before Del Rio made Swagger submit to the armbar.
What is interesting is that someone who knew the finish must have bet, or a group must have bet, because one betting line swung strong to Swagger winning originally and Del Rio winning the restart yesterday or today. Significant money came in on that finish at the last minute.
DANIEL BRYAN & KANE VS. SETH ROLLINS & ROMAN REIGNS IN A TORNADO MATCH FOR TAG TITLE
This match was also short but all action --probably the best match so far. The Shield won the titles. Roman Reigns catapulted Bryan into a double kick by Rollins. Reigns then put Bryan in the torture rack and Rollins came off the top rope with a kneedrop. Reigns pinned Bryan to take the title.
RANDY ORTON VS. BIG SHOW IN AN EXTREME RULES MATCH
Good match here and the best so far for drama, partially because they had the most time. Lots of weapon shots. Orton used an RKO but Show kicked out. He gave him a draping DDT from the top rope as well as an RKO on the chair. After the RKO on a chair, Orton paused and used the punt for the pin. Show was selling the punt big. This was positioned as a conclusive finish.
JOHN CENA VS. RYBACK IN A LAST MAN STANDING MATCH FOR THE WWE TITLE
Really good match. They brawled in the crowd and backstage, and to the music set up. Lots of nine counts with both using their regular moves including an Attitude Adjustment through a table, Shell Shock, STF, sleeper, etc. At one point, Cena splashed him off an elevated riser section through a table. Cena got a fire extinguisher and sprayed Ryback several times. Cena hit him a few times with a fire extinguisher.
Cena went for the Attitude Adjustment but Ryback got out, picked Cena up and ran with him through the stage wall which was an electrical lighting grid. They sold it like both were hurt bad and the match just ended without a finish. Cena went out on a stretcher while Ryback was helped out, so they were selling it as if Cena was the one hurt the worst. They never gave a finish, the match just ended and fans were yelling bullshit when it was over. Then there was a "Let's Go Cena, Cena sux" chant when Cena went out on a stretcher.
BROCK LESNAR VS. HHH IN A CAGE MATCH
Lesnar won with the F-5 after hitting HHH with a sledge hammer. Lesnar missed a knee lift and went into the cage with his knee. Lesnar was selling the knee most of the match, doing a great job. HHH kicked out of an early F-5 and used the figure four on the bad leg, which Lesnar reversed. HHH came back and destroyed Lesnar's knee and came back with a chair and used a sharpshooter. Paul Heyman got into the cage. HHH gave him a pedigree and gave Lesnar a pedigree, which Lesnar kicked out of. HHH went to hit Lesnar with the sledge hammer when Heyman struggled up and gave him a low blow. Lesnar got the hammer, hit HHH and gave him the F-5 for the win. They sold it as if HHH was out for a long time. They did the right thing for the finish. Really good match that came across like a real war.
Bryan and I will talk about the show tonight on Wrestling Observer Radio.