- Curtis Axel is shown walking by himself to the ring. His opponent, Big E. Langston, is shown walking to the ring next. The WWE Intercontinental Championship match is after this commercial break.
Backstage: Brad Maddox Stretchered Out, Vickie’s Next
We see highlights courtesy of the WWE App of Brad Maddox getting stretchered out of the building. We return live and we see Maddox being carried backstage. Vickie Guerrero sees him going by, and her jaw drops, knowing she’s got the same potential fate later tonight.
WWE Intercontinental Championship:
- Curtis Axel (c) vs. Big E. Langston
Langston comes out first, followed by the current Intercontinental Champion, Curtis Axel. Paul Heyman is not coming out right Axel, for whatever that’s worth. Justin Roberts does the official ring introductions, pay-per-view style, after each guy’s entrance. The bell rings and Langston immediately takes Axel down. Axel starts fighting back with punches. Langston catches Axel coming off the ropes with a big shoulder tackle. Langston follows that up with a backbreaker and a near fall. Langston hits a big back-suplex on Axel for another near fall. Axel rolls out to the floor to recollect himself. Langston goes out after him. Axel rolls back in the ring. Langston does as well. Axel curls up in the corner like a baby. He gets up and Langston clotheslines him down. Langston is in complete control of this match early on. Axel manages to clothesline Langston with the top rope. He follows that up by going to work on Langston with punches. We head to a mid-match commercial.
We return from commercial and Axel has Langston in a headlock. Langston powers out. Langston spears Axel in the corner. Axel responds with a perfect dropkick on Langston for a near fall. Axel goes to work on Langston with a bunch of clubbing blows. Michael Cole mentions on commentary that both Ryback and Axel dumped Heyman last week and declared themselves “no longer Paul Heyman guys.” Axel has Langston in a front facelock, but Langston powers out and throws Axel half-way across the ring. Langston hits a belly-to-belly suplex on Axel. Langston comes off the ropes and hits a big splash on Axel for a close near fall. Langston goes for his finisher but Axel escapes. Langston goes for it again and this time he hits it. 1-2-3. We have a new Intercontinental Champion.
Winner and NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion: Big E. Langston
Backstage we see Randy Orton and The Shield watching Langston celebrating his I-C title win. Orton says let’s hope at Survivor Series we don’t have a new WWE Champion. Orton says The Authority wants The Shield to watch his back at Survivor Series. Roman Reigns says if that’s what The Authority wants, that’s what they’ll get. He says but that means they expect Orton to have their back as well. We head to a commercial.
WWE Divas Musical Chairs
We return from commercial and all of the WWE Divas are in the ring for what Michael Cole just called “Divas Musical Chairs.” Jerry “The King” Lawler is in the ring serving as the host. He plugs Total Divas and mentions that the song “Cruise” will be the song for the game. “Cruise” is a song by Florida Georgia Line, tonight’s guests for RAW Country. The song plays and none of the Divas do anything. Lawler tells them they have to walk around in circles. The song stops and Natalya is the first eliminated. The song continues and when it stops, Alicia Fox is eliminated. “This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen” says JBL on commentary. The girls are now pushing each other around a lot instead of walking in circles. The song stops and instead of sitting down, all the Divas start fighting each other. It’s a big Diva brawl here on Monday night. The crowd starts chanting, “Jerry, Jerry.” Some country music starts playing and Lawler says “let’s here it for the Divas.” I guess that’s the end of that segment. What a complete and total trainwreck. “I’m not sure what we just saw, Michael,” says JBL. We head to commercial.
Ryback vs. Big Show
We return from commercial and Big Show’s music hits. Out comes the number one contender to the WWE Championship. Out next, also obviously without Paul Heyman, is Ryback. Two big boys are about to collide here on RAW Country. Cole again reminds everyone that Ryback is no longer a “Paul Heyman guy,” just as he did