and Punk's challenge to the Chairman.
- We recap the top of the hour, where Punk "blew" his decision of opponent for HITC and Vince plans to make it for him.
- Vickie and Dolph out now. Ziggler laments the idea of Ryback as a championship candidate and talks about what he's had to go through to earn a title match. He calls Ryback a "flash in the pan" and that people won't even remember him two weeks from now. If anyone deserves a title shot, it's him. David Otunga, of all people, comes out, and says he should get the title shot, being as mentally strong as he is physically. The two argue until AJ comes out. She "respects" their opinions, but feel they should prove themselves physically against the man they have a problem with...FEED! ME! MORE!
Handicap Match: Ryback v. Dolph Ziggler & David Otunga
Ziggler blindsides Ryback with a dropkick, but Ryback comes right back with a shoulder block. Ziggler avoids a corner charge and tags in Otunga, who gets immediately dropped with a Meathook. Ryback stares down Ziggler, who says "Screw this!" and bails, leaving Otunga to the march and the Shellshock for the three count.
- Backstage with Vince on the phone. Heyman comes into his office, sucking up to Vince in his attempts to get him to accept the match with Punk, where if Punk wins, he gets to pick his HITC opponent. Vince actually agrees, but then says the match isn't with Punk, but with Heyman! Paul tries to beg off, but Vince kicks him out.
- AJ skipping along, and Matt Striker stops to talk to her, saying how "crazy" and "nuts" it is that he and Josh Matthews have been assaulted by Team Hell No the last couple of months and insists on an apology. AJ laughs it off, but "agrees" and says that Striker does deserve an apology...after his match with Kane. D'oh!
Non-title Match: US Champion Antonio Cesaro v. Justin Gabriel
Cesaro tells us pre-match that he doesn't need the USA, but the US needs Cesaro. Nice. Sharp elbow to Gabriel, who comes back with a spin kick, only to get uppercut for his efforts. Mushroom stomp by Cesaro, then some shots in the corner, before laying Gabriel on the top turnbuckle for a vicious shoulder block to the midsection. Pair of gutbusters, then a reverse bearhug by Cesaro. Tights pull by Cesaro, then an elbow drop. Gabriel tries to counter with a couple of kicks, one of which Cesaro blocks. Cesaro shoves him to the corner, but Gabriel elbows him and hits an nice Asai DDT! Gabriel goes up for the 450, nails it, but Cesaro turns the shoulder up into Gabriel's midsection so he doesn't cover right away and gets his foot on the rope before the three count when Gabriel covers. Gabriel up again, but Cesaro KILLS him with an uppercut on the way down, and polishes off Gabriel with the Neutralizer for the pinfall.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro (Another impressive victory with a decently-known fodder opponent who can sell VERY well. THIS is how you push a dominant wrestler.)
- Fozzy's "Sandpaper" is the theme for Hell In The Cell.
Matt Striker v. Kane
Striker tries to beg off, admitting he's a broadcaster and not a wrestler anymore. He asks what Dr. Shelby would think, and insists that the WWE fans want "legitimate comeptition", not "mindless carnage. Kane seems to be okay with this and wants to hug it out. Striker seems alright and goes along with it, but Kane starts hugging a little too hard for Matt's liking and turns it into a chokeslam for three.
- We get a "post-match interview" from Kane, who applauds Matt for his efforts and gets a tired wheeze from Striker for a response, saying he couldn't have said it better himself. He then goes into his "Tag Team Champions" spiel for a nice pop.
- We find out about a Eve vs. Layla match for the Divas Championship, and MizTV will come on next, with Miz's next opponent for the IC Championship, Kofi Kingston, as his special guest. DRAAAAMAAAA!
- We're back with MizTV. Miz asks that the audience not welcome but feel sorry for the guest that had the audacity to challenge him for the Intercontinental Championship. We then go to last week's Main Event, where Kofi got the better of Miz. Miz questions what Kofi has really done in the last 5 years aside from forgettable tag teams, saying "Boom Boom Boom", and having a laugh with Larry King, saying Kof's done nothing memorable, that he's a B-player. The truth hurts, don't it? Kofi actually agrees, and says that beating Miz will be memorable and maybe even "must-see." He feels he needs to step up his game, like tonight, and challenges Miz to a non-title match. Miz accepts, and says that Kofi will do what he always does, choke. He'll always be stuck beneath the glass ceiling and be the guy kids get excited for and say "Boom!" Kofi decks him and knocks him out of the ring. Miz retreats as we find out the match is official.
- The Sheamus-Barrett rematch is NEXT!!!
Non-Title Match: World Champion Sheamus v. Wade Barrett
The two men circle each other and lock up, exchanging power holds in the corner. They lock up again, waist lock by Barrett, but Sheamus takes him down and pushes him into the corner. Barrett clocks him with a right hand and attacks the arm, but Sheamus turns it around into a keylock. Barrett counters out, but Sheamus ducks and hits a clothesline. Sheamus goes for the 10 shots, but Barrett hangs him up on the ropes. Barrett with a pumphandle drop for two. Barrett into a headlock now. Sheamus counters out, Barrett shoves him off, but Sheamus comes back with an Irish Hammer and a Finlay Roll. Barrett tries to retreat out the ring, but the World Champ follows with a shoulder block to the outside. Show's music hits, and the giant comes out with chair in hand as Sheamus looks on apprehensively and we go to break...
Back from commercial. As Show watches on, Barrett counters a Sheamus attack and tosses him to the apron. Sheamus surprises him with the Ten Shots, but Barrett tries walking it off. He tries to... (Continues on next page)