Airdate: Monday, May 7th, 2012 (USA Network)
Location: The Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina
Results by Tony Acero
“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
We start with a recap of what happened at the close of RAW when Johnny Ace announced himself as the opponent of John Cena at "The Over Limit" before heading straight to the live portion and introducing the General Manager of RAW and Smackdown, John Lauranaitis. He calls himself the undisputed leader and authority figure of the WWE, and will not allow anyone to challenge his authority or challenge his leadership skills. Last week, Cena publicly embarrassed and insulted him by calling him an idiot and a corporate jackass. Last week, he lost his temper, and when he does so, he goes into a fit if destruction that no one can withstand. He injured Cena's pride, and he will continue what Brock Cena Lesnar stopped. He will not apologize to Cena because this is only the beginning. For anyone that thought he'd be reprimanded by the board, he wasn't, because the board understands that he is tough but fair. He asked that Cena not be here tonight and wants him instead to have therapy for his elbow so that come the PPV, there will be no excuses. He will be live via satellite with Cole, though, and he will apologize for making fun of his voice. He is also putting every superstar in the back on check right now that anyone who makes fun of his voice will suffer severe consequences. He claims that Dr. Death Steve Williams injured him, causing this voice. He wants to take a look at his time in Japan, then we get a slideshow of him doing work, calling it "some of the best form in wrestling." He claims to have eyes of a champion, not a loser. He calls himself the Hogan off Japan; Stone Cold and The Rock all rolled into one. He told WWE no back then, but for one night, you will see John Cena vs Big Johnny. God Bless People Power and may God have Mercy on John Cena.
Here's Punky! Punk claims Ace still has no clue what these people want. He's here to help, though. He's not going to make it easy, though. He's not just going to tell you what they want to hear, he's going to start with telling him what they DON'T want to see, and what they don't want to see is Johnny Ace. This is the truth; all this is about is Ace putting the chips on Brock Lesnar and Cena beating him. Ace gets embarrassed. Lesnar did the damage and Ace is here to just pick the bones. Is he forgetting anything? Oh yeah, the reason he had to go compete in Japan is because not a damned person wanted to see him wrestle. He was a joke then, and he came back and is still a joke. Ace tells Punk to be careful. He says he will, and another thing he'll do is watch the Pay Per View, the same PPV where he will beat Daniel Bryan. Ace wants to know if he's done. Punk mockingly repeats the question. He asks the people, and they say no. He calls Ace stupid, ugly, and he has no friend. Is he done? Nope. He's also a gigantic toolbox. Now he's done. Ace says if he wasn't training for his match with Cena, he'd pummel Punk down to the ground. But he is, so Punk will face someone who knows the word respect. He will face Lord Tensai. Punk had a feeling he was going to do that, considering his affinity to extremely talented big men. He looks forward to it. King calls this one hell of a pipe bomb drop; I don't see it...
Ace is walking in the back, then calls Big Show stupid. He walks away, and here's Big Show making fun of his voice. Eve is right behind him and hears. Uh oh....
Match 1: Intercontinental Championship Match
Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes
Show starts off with a hard right then a chop in the corner. He tosses Cody across the ring then lifts him up and hits another chop. Body slam from Show, then a kick to the back of Cody Rhodes .Show with a gut shot then another toss to the corner. Cody with a dropkick, goes for the Beautiful Disaster and hits it, but Show just flips him over after an Enziguri attempt. Cody wants his belt, and he's about to walk it out. Show goes outside and rolls Cody in. Cody rolls out of the ring again, up the ramp. The ref counts Cody out at 10.