|By Marc Middleton | September 03, 2012 | Comments|
Cole stands up at ringside to hype the poll. #WWEhug wins with 55% of the vote. Kane and Bryan look at each other in the ring. The referee orders them to meet in the middle and hug each other. Bryan starts yelling no as the crowd chants yes. Kane doesn't look too happy either. They hesitate but look like they're going to embrace. Kane just can't do it and backs up in the corner. They go to hug again and this time Bryan backs off. They try again but Bran just chest bumps Kane. The crowd boos. They try again and this time it's Kane who chest bumps. One more time and now they meet in the middle of the ring. Bryan puts his arms around Kane but Kane doesn't hug back. This upsets Bryan a bit. The crowd chants for Kane to hug Bryan back. They meet again in the middle of the ring and hug awkwardly. Apparently that wasn't good enough and they're ordered to really hug each other. The crowd pops at the sight of Kane and Bryan hugging. They start patting each other on the arm and things get physical. Bryan shoves Kane but Kane shoves back.
They do this again and Bryan strikes Kane in the face. Kane goes after him but Bryan ducks and unloads with kicks. Kane drops Bryan with a big right hand but Bryan dumps him out to the floor. Bryan leaps off the apron but gets caught with a big right hand in mid-air. Kane whips Bryan into the fan barrier several times and grabs a steel chair. Kane hits Bryan in the gut with it and rolls him into the ring. Kane chokeslams Bryan and grabs the chair again. Kane wedges Bryan's head in the chair and climbs to the top. Referees run down and try to stop him. Bryan gets up with the chair and knocks Kane off the top with it before running off.
- Still to come tonight, Cena vs. Del Rio in a Falls Count Anywhere match. We see Santino Marella walking around backstage as we go to commercial.
WWE United States Title Match: Santino Marella vs. Antonio Cesaro
Back from the break and out comes Santino Marella for his SummerSlam pre-show rematch. The WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro comes out next with Aksana. We get a side video from earlier today of Cesaro saying "success" in 5 different languages. He says he personifies success.
Santino strikes first and drops a headbutt. He pulls out the Cobra but Cesaro unleashes a series of headbutts on him. Cesaro slams Santino and stomps on the Cobra. Cesaro with more offense in the corner and a big clothesline. Santino ducks another clothesline and grabs the Cobra. Santino kicks Cesaro to the apron and goes to put the Cobra on. Cesaro rushes back in and lays Santino out with the Neutralizer for the win.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
- Still to come tonight, Del Rio vs. Cena in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Back to commercial.
Zack Ryder vs. Heath Slater
Back from the break and they go at it. Back and forth to start. Ryder slams Slater on his face for a pin attempt. Cole hypes how Slater and Ryder have been feuding on Twitter. Slater turns it around and stomps away on Ryder. Slater with a neckbreaker combo out of the corner for another pin attempt.
Slater with a series of elbows before a big elbow drop and another pin attempt. Ryder finally makes a comeback and hits a missile dropkick from the corner. Ryder hits the Broski Boot but Slater counters the Ruff Ryder. More back and forth action until Ryder finally hits the Ruff Ryder for the win.
Winner: Zack Ryder
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