By Andy Steven | March 11, 2009
The show opened with a video package promoting tonight's battle royale to determine who gets the final slot in the Money in the Bank match at WrestleMania.
In-ring: The Miz and John Morrison came out for an opening match. Miz is one-on-one tonight. Cue up a video clip from WWE.com Dirt Sheet with Miz and Morrison pretending to be the butt-cheek Colons. Morrison, now on commentary, said it's the colon, not the Colons. Out as the opposition was Primo, along with Carlito and the Bella Twins. Carlito sat down ringside on the other side of Grisham while Bellas were next to the timekeeper. From left to right - Mo, Striker, Grisham, Carlito, and Bellas. Off we go.
1 -- World tag team champion THE MIZ (w/John Morrison) vs. WWE tag team champion PRIMO (w/Carlito and Bella Twins)
Primo was hot early on, but he could only score a one count following a round of kicks. Primo with a dropkick to the back, but Miz nailed a forearm smash as Primo was on the apron. Miz in control as Grisham sent us to break.
They returned from break with Miz still in control. Primo then fired off a top rope cross-body block for a two count. Primo airballed on an attempted dive and he crashed hard to the mat. One of the Bellas showed concern for Primo, then Miz walked over to Primo and punched Primo right in front of his lady. Miz sent Primo back into the ring to pick up another mid-ring attack. Battle went up top and Primo flipped over Miz into an electric chair slam.
Both men recovered, then Primo made another comeback. Morrison went the illegal immigrant route on commentary against Carlito, then Miz nailed a front-face slam on Carlito for another two count. They had an exciting roll-up exchange, then another close nearfall for Miz. Miz wanted a run-through-the-turnbuckle corner smash, but Primo moved and nailed the backstabber off the second ropes for the pin and the win. Afterward, Carlito and Primo got the girls while Morrison tried to check on Miz and get an explanation on how he lost.
WINNER: Primo in 11:00. Excellent singles match. Nice to see Primo in a featured match, as he clearly has tremendous upside. Nice use of the outside wrestlers to enhance the match on commentary and allow the two men in the ring to settle an issue. Just all-around good action. (**)
Video package: "12 Rounds" focus in antagonist Miles Jackson. He's going to torment John Cena. Oh no!
Backstage: Great Khali was preparing for the battle royale with Sideburns Singh. Striker translated that Khali definitely wants to see 12 Rounds in two and a half weeks.
In-ring: Tyson Kidd came out with Natalya. They looked very pink. Very pink. D.J. Gabriel then came out with Alicia Fox to face Kidd one-on-one.
2 -- TYSON KIDD (w/Natalya) vs. D.J. GABRIEL (w/Alicia Fox)
Gabriel just looks too jacked up. He landed a flying elbow smash early on, then whipped Kidd hard across the ring only to accept a drop toehold into the middle turnbuckle. Action moved to the floor where Kidd nailed a kick to the face. Kidd is heel, but Gabriel has no babyface qualities for the crowd to get behind. Gabriel countered a wheelbarrow into an overhead release German Suplex for a two count. Gabriel then scooped up Kidd by his trunks, but Kidd yanked Gabriel back-first across the top rope and nailed the springboard elbow smash for the pin and the win. Striker: Where does Gabriel go from here? Same place as Ricky Ortiz: turn heel or go back to Florida.
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