Sunday, 31 July 2011 00:29
by Justin Weaver
Mostly a full house, though there were about two empty sections up top. Good, vocal crowd.
Chris Masters d. Jack Swagger when he countered the Anklelock into a rollup for the pin. Masters did very well here, his improvement has been drastic.
R-Truth & Miz d. Zack Ryder & Alex Riley when Miz pinned Riley after the Skull Crushing Finale. Truth & Miz cut a promo together vowing to take down the Triple H-led "conspiracy." Miz tore up a fan's Ryder sign. Riley got a nice pop. As is often the case with Ryder, a great many didn't seem to know who he even was, but the fans he had were vocal. Ryder got beat down most of the match.
Alberto Del Rio d. Kofi Kingston with the Cross armbreaker. Del Rio was tremendous in getting heat. He stalled the first several minutes of the match by working the ring count. They had a rather bad botch where Kofi was hitting a flurry of strikes and Del Rio fell down without getting hit, but the crowd didn't seem to notice. Despite that, a very good match. Del Rio really shined.
Kelly Kelly d. Brie Bella by pinfall to retain the Divas Championship. About as unimpressive as you're accustomed to seeing on television. They really didn't get much time. To her credit Kelly was more over than anyone not currently holding the WWE Championship.
Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov d. David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty in a non-title match when Marella pinned McGillicutty after the Cobra. Marella did the move wearing basically a Mr. Socko of a cobra. Fine match, built mostly around Marella's comedy.
Dolph Ziggler d. Evan Bourne by pinfall with the Zig-Zag to retain the U.S. Title. Match of the night. Bourne is phenomenal live. Ziggler hit his finish after Bourne missed the SSP.
CM Punk and John Cena fought to a no contest. Truth & Miz attacked both men, resulting in a draw finish. After the match Cena and Punk took them out together. They then repeated their schtick from Raw of raising each of their WWE Championship belts in the air to see who could garner the bigger crowd reaction. Despite being so close to Chicago the crowd, which was mostly kids, was easily at least 75% pro-Cena. They weren't necessarily anti-Punk (who had a very vocal adult male fanbase) but Cena was far and away the crowd favorite of the night.
1. Del Rio
3. The Miz
By Josh Reinders
1. Chris Masters vs. Jack Swagger
--Masters pinned Swagger at 7:15. Masters countered an ankle lock into a rollup.
2. R. Truth & the Miz vs. Zack Ryder & Alex Riley
--Before the match Truth cut a promo about WWE's conspiracies. Miz joined in and they agreed to team up to fight the conspirators.
--Miz pinned Riley at 8:53 with a sloppy looking skull crushing finale.
3. Tyler Reks vs. Primo
--Crowd was dead for this match.
--Primo pinned Reks at 8:22 with the codebreaker.
4. Alberto Del Rio (w/o Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. Kofi Kingston
--Before the match Del Rio cut a promo about the MITB briefcase he was carrying and his destiny.
--Lots of stalling before the match got underway.
--Del Rio submitted Kingston at 11:56 via armbar.
5. Kelly Kelly vs. Brie Bella for Diva's Title
--This match started kind of impromptu in the middle of an audience contest being run by Eve Torres.
--Crowd was dead for this match.
--Kelly Kelly pinned Brie at 5:26 to retain the title.
6. David Otunga & Michael McGuillicutty vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov (Non-Title Match)
--Crowd was dead for this match too.
--Kozlov looked really slow.
--Marella pinned McGuillicutty at 10:02 via the cobra.
7. Evan Bourne vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/o Vickie Guerrero) for the US Title
--Crowd was behind Bourne
--Ziggler pinned Bourne at 9:25
8. CM Punk vs. John Cena in a Champion vs. Champion Match
--Crowd was hot throughout the match.
--Match ended in a draw at 17:24 when The Miz & R. Truth interfered. They beat up on Punk & Cena briefly. Cena hit the FU on R. Truth. Punk hit the GTS on the Miz. Finish was then announced as a draw which draw loud boos. Punk & Cena then alternated holding up their title belts as the crowd cheered. The cheers for Cena were the loudest of the night.
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