|By Marc Middleton | July 03, 2012 | Comments|
Back from the break and out comes Cody Rhodes. If he wins this one, he earns a spot in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match in two weeks. Out next comes the WWE Intercontinental Champion Christian, who is already in the match.
They lock up and go at it. Cody with an early pin attempt. They go to lock up again but Cody kicks him, slams him and goes for another pin attempt. Christian fights back and drops Cody with a right hand. Cody fights out of the corner but Christian slams him on his face for a 2 count. Cody hits a Disaster kick and gets another 2 count on Christian. And another. Cody looks up at the briefcase hanging above the ring as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Christian fights free from a hold. Cody counters and slams Christian on his back for another pin attempt. Cody with a front suplex and another pin attempt. Cody takes Christian back to the corner and keeps control of the match. Cody climbs up for a superplex but Christian fights him off. Christian connects with a missile dropkick. Christian makes a comeback and climbs up to the top. Christian hits the crossbody but Cody kicks out at 2. Cody makes a comeback now and goes for Alabama Slam but Christian kicks out at 2. More back and forth. Cody argues with the referee after a close count. Cody goes to untie the turnbuckle and gets hit by Killswitch for a 2 count. Christian readies for a spear but Cody kicks him. Cody misses a Disaster kick but blocks Killswitch. Cody hits Cross Rhodes for the win and a spot in Money in the Bank.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
- We go back to the cookout. Heath Slater interrupts and tries to sing but they boo him away. Zack Ryder plays Brodus Clay's music which brings in Clay, Cameron and Naomi. Everyone dances. Back to commercial.
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Alex Riley vs. Dolph Ziggler
Back from the break and Alex Riley is waiting in the ring. Vickie Guerrero comes out and introduces Dolph Ziggler. The bell rings and Ziggler runs his mouth. Riley dropkicks him and covers for a close 2 count. Ziggler comes back and drops Riley on his head for a pin attempt.
Ziggler drops a big leg drop and covers for 2. Ziggler takes Riley to the mat with a headlock and holds it. Riley breaks free and looks to make a comeback but it's stopped. More back and forth. Ziggler ends up getting the win with a Zig Zag. Ziggler qualifies for Money in the Bank.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
- Up next is Michael Cole's interview with AJ. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Cole is in the ring. He brings out AJ Lee and here she comes. Cole is going to let her explain everything. We see footage from last night's RAW where she pushed CM Punk and Daniel Bryan through the table. Cole asks her what was she thinking. She says a lot of people have asked her that. Cole says she wasn't thinking. Cole says the Board made a mistake by making AJ the special referee for Money in the Bank. Cole calls her a troubled little girl. Cole calls her a teenager and says she's playing a tug of war with Punk and Bryan. Cole asks if she ever thought about pursuing a real man, someone like him. Cole starts flirting with AJ when he's interrupted by Daniel Bryan.
Punk makes Cole get out of the ring. He talks about what happened and he's upset. He's not going to pretend it didn't happen and he won't suck up to AJ just because she's the special referee. Punk says he's going to be blunt and honest with AJ because that's what she deserves. Punk says he's worried about her because she's not in a good place mentally. Punk says he's sorry and goes on. He says AJ is a sweet girl and Bryan interrupts him. Bryan says that was a load of garbage. He says Punk is acting like he cares about AJ. Bryan says he's the one that cares about AJ. They drop the mics and AJ gets in between. AJ faces Bryan and kisses him for a minute. They keep on and Punk goes to leave the ring. AJ runs out, stops Punk and then kisses him for a minute. AJ skips off up the ramp as her music plays. She stops and chants yes as Bryan and Punk look on shocked. Back to commercial.
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