tweaks his knee and exits to ringside. Ziggler tries to untie the turnbuckle, but AJ out to stop him, followed by Vickie. The ref tells both of them to leave as Ziggler tries to swing at Cena with the MITB briefcase, but misses and gets the AA! Three count!
Winner: John Cena
-Cena and AJ make out hot and heavy to celebrate his victory.
-Sheamus and Cesaro face off...NEXT!
-Replay of the WWE-The Soup special later this week.
Non-Title Match: US Champion Antonio Cesaro v. Sheamus
This should be really good if given enough time. Lock up, Cesaro with the shoulder block. Sheamus fires back with one of his own, then a headlock take-down. Cesaro fights out, whips Sheamus to the corner. but gets a forearm for his trouble. Knock down by Sheamus gets two. Cesaro with elbows and knees in the corner. Whip by Sheamus countered by Cesaro, but Sheamus hangs him up on the ropes. Cesaro knocks him off the apron, but gets whipped to the barricade as he approaches Sheamus outside the ring. Sheamus get tripped up by Cesaro on the steel steps as we go to break...
(Someone derped on the Smackdown ads, as the one from last week is shown. Whoops!)
Waistlock by Cesaro, then the two trade punches and uppercuts. Sheamus with the Irish Hammers, but Cesaro with a big clothesline for a near fall. Gutwrench (off the mat!) by Cesaro for two. Cesaro ties up Sheamus in the ropes and nails some stiff uppercuts. Sheamus comes rights back with shots to the back, a knee lift, then his 10 Shots. Battering ram, then the Irish Curse for a near fall on Cesaro. Cesaro counters a whip with a knee, but gets caught for White Noise. He floats out, but gets drilled by Sheamus for a two count. Sheamus tries the Cloverleaf, but Cesaro's in the ropes. Cesaro kicks him off, and hits a Towerhacker slam for a near fall. Wow! Sheamus blocks a charge, floats up for the battering ram, and gets DRILLED with an uppercut. Neutralizer attempt, backdrop by Sheamus, and a glancing Brogue Kick by Sheamus. Big Show's music hits, and he's out with a chair as Cesaro is counted out.
-Sheamus says if Big Show plans on bringing a chair out, he'd better use it. He's been hearing about how Show plans on retiring as World Champion. Sheamus promises to make the retirement a reality at TLC. Show says nothing, but destroys the chair he's holding to show the weapon's not a guaranteed winner for Sheamus in a couple of weeks.
-More photos from the Persian Gulf as the WWE pays a goodwill visit to the troops.
-Damien Sandow out now. He finds it imperative to remind us that his soul purpose is to rescue us from the doldrums of our own ignorance. He plans to further his crusade by taking apart his malbreather of an opponent, Zack Ryder.
Damien Sandow v. Zack Ryder
Ryder with the arm drag. Sandow retreats to the outside, but heads back in with a shoulder block to Ryder. Boots to Ryder, then a forearm while Ryder lies on the apron for two. Knees to the midsection of Ryder for a two count. Rear chinlock by Sandow. Ryder pulled down and gets a knee dropped down on him for two. Kobito Aequet for two. Ryder fights out of the headlock. Ryder reverses the whip with a facebuster, then a sharp elbow, a pair of knees, then a dropkick. Forearm in the corner, but Sandow rolls out from the Broski Boot. Ryder with the baseball slide dropkick. Ryder up top, but Sandow trips him up with ropes, then hits the Terminus neckbreaker for three.
Winner: Damien Sandow
-Backstage with Josh Matthews and Paul Heyman, who gushes about Punk surpassing Randy Savage on the all-time WWE Title reign list at 372 days. He questions the injustice of Punk having to face a monster in Kane, then Ryback at TLC.
-Recap of Cole's interview with the NXT 3, Rollins, Reigns, and Ambrose, who explain how the WWE Universe is nothing more than a popularity contest and that they're a shield against injustice. Their involvement in Punk's match and against Ryback was happenstance and nothing more.
Non-Title Match: WWE Champion CM Punk v. WWE Tag Team Champion Kane
Punk with a chop to Kane, which only angers Kane. Kicks to Kane's knee and chops to the chest, but Kane goozles him and hits some uppercuts and stomps a mudhole in Punk. Uppercut to Punk. Punk reverses a whip into a kick, followed by some boots. Front headlock by Punk, but Kane muscles him up and drops him on the ropes. Kane boots Punk off the apron to the ringside floor as we go to our final commercial break...
Punk working on the left knee of Kane. Kane with rights to Punk. Punk rolls outside as he may have tweaked something. He hangs up Kane on the ropes, then hits a suicide dive as he checks his knee. Back in the ring, Punk lays the boots to Kane in the corner. Running knee, then another, but Kane hits an uppercut on the third go-around. Clotheslines to Punk, followed by a sidewalk slam for two. Kane up, and hits the top-rope clothesline. Kane sets for the chokeslam, but Punk ducks under for a neckbreaker and a near fall. Springboard, but Kane goozles Punk and hits a chokeslam. Heyman drags him to the ropes, but Kane smiles and sets for the Tombstone. The Shield's Roman Reigns pops up in the crowd, which distracts Kane long enough for Punk to slip out and hit the GTS for three.
Winner: CM Punk
-The Shield eye Punk, but assault Kane and beat him down as Bryan tries to make the save, but gets beat down as well. Ryback's music hits and he marches down as Punk dives over the barricade. The Shield beat down Ryback, but he throws them off and powerbombs Ambrose, followed by Meathooks to Reigns and Rollins. Punk with a cheap shot, but Ryback shrugs it off and preps Punk for a powerbomb before getting speared by Reigns. The Shield continue their beat down, then hit the triple-team powerbomb to lay Ryback out yet again. They and Punk have a staredown, but The Shield exit the ring and leave through the crowd as Punk stands tall over Ryback for the second straight week.
-End... (Continues on next page)