some real aggression. Full nelson applied by Rhodes, but it didn’t last long as Sheamus flipped out of it. Sheamus made his comeback, but Rhodes kicked him in the leg. Big knee-lift from the Irishman, then a powerslam. Rhodes went to the top rope, but missed a moonsault. Irish Curse back-breaker for two at 11:17. Rhodes pushed Sheamus out of the ring through the middle rope. Back in Rhodes pulled Sheamus off the top rope and connected on the Disaster kick for two. Another one attempted, but Sheamus caught him and felled him with White Noise. Sheamus set up for the Brogue Kick. It connected wonderfully and Sheamus got the win.
WINNER: Sheamus, at 13:29. Great, hard-hitting affair. We haven’t heard much from Rhodes in recent weeks, so a soundbite from him before the match would’ve been a nice bonus.
After the match, Ziggler took off his shirt and appeared ready to cash in, but Sheamus was waiting for him. Ziggler hopped down off the apron and backed away. But Chris Jericho ran out, wearing a cutoff pink Ziggler t-shirt, and fed Ziggler to Sheamus, who Brogue Kicked the MITB briefcase holder. After Sheamus left, Jericho entered the ring to “Y2J” chants. He then gave Ziggler the Codebreaker.
- A graphic aired for the #1 Contender World Title Fatal Four-Way match.
- The exterior of the Sprint Center in Kansas City was shown.
4 – ANTONIO CESARO vs. SANTINO MARELLA
No entrance for Cesaro and Aksana. Cesaro slapped Santino in the back of the head when he got Marella on the ground. Cesaro sucker-punched Santino and headbutted him in the chest. Gutwrench suplex where Cesaro just plucked Santino off the ground by the mid-section. Santino came back with a back suplex. Diving headbutt, then out came the Cobra. Aksana climbed on the apron and Santino threatened her with it. Hip-toss by Santino, but Cesaro picked Santino up and hot-shotted him. He ended Santino with his finisher.
WINNER: Cesaro, at 2:04. Looks like they may be setting up Cesaro vs. Marella for the title, so finally they’re doing something with Antonio.
- The announcers talked about the Touts that have come out about Raw. Mathews sent it to a video of Damien Sandow interrupting DX from Monday night.
- Sandow was shown walking backstage, giving dirty looks to everyone he passed. He’s in action next.
- Outtasight was thanked for providing the official theme song to Raw 1,000, “Tonight is the night.”
5 – YOSHI TATSU vs. DAMIEN SANDOW
Tatsu was already in the ring. He was tossed outside by Sandow in the opening seconds, then tossed into the barricade. Sandow continually slammed Tatsu’s head into said barricade. Side Russian leg sweep found the mark. He dropped an elbow and then kneed Tatsu in the chest. That was followed by the neck-breaker finish.
WINNER: Sandow, at 1:19. I guess Sandow gets his heat back after what happened Monday night. He continues to impress.
Sandow got a mic after the match and bashed the fans for enjoying what happened to him at Raw 1,000. “I am your martyr” he said. “You’re welcome.”
- Next, we’ll see Brock Lesnar answering Triple H’s Summerslam challenge.
- They replayed the Lesnar-Triple H segment from Raw.
- After showing a graphic for Triple H vs. Lesnar at Summerslam, more Touts aired reacting to that match.
- Rey Mysterio and Kane made their entrances for the Fatal Four-Way match. It’s next.
- Daniel Bryan and Alberto Del Rio were given entrances for the main event.
6 – REY MYSTERIO vs. KANE vs. DANIEL BRYAN vs. ALBERTO DEL RIO – FATAL FOUR-WAY MATCH FOR THE #1 CONTENDER TO THE WORLD TITLE
Everybody took spills to the outside to start. Mysterio and Bryan had a segment in the ring while Kane and Del Rio traded slamming each other into the ring steps. Roll-up by Mysterio on Bryan for two. Mysterio went for the 619 but Del Rio cut him off with a clothesline. Kane got a chance to shine against everyone, including a suplex on Bryan and Mysterio at the same time. They cut to break at 2:57 of the contest.
Back at 6:42 of the match with Del Rio pinning Kane for two. Bryan and Del Rio went at it, leading to Del Rio locking in the cross arm-breaker. Mysterio came off the top with a leg-drop to break it up. Kane and Mysterio were alone in the ring and Kane dominated. Mysterio tried a headscissors, but Kane caught him and he hung upside-down, wide open for a Del Rio dropkick. Backstabber on Kane for two, pin broken up by Bryan. Bryan peppered Del Rio with the “yes” kicks. He then locked in the Yes Lock. It was broken up and Del Rio worked over Kane for his finisher. Kane ended up chokeslamming Del Rio. Mysterio broke up the pin, however. Mysterio hit the 619 on both Bryan and Del Rio at the same time. Splash on Bryan, but Ricardo Rodriguez pulled Mysterio out on the pin. As per Fatal Four-Way rules apparently, Del Rio then stole the pin to become #1 contender.
WINNER: Del Rio, at 13:26.
Del Rio and Rodriguez celebrated in the ring as the show ended.