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The next match began with Team Rhodes Scholars coming out to some heat. Cody Rhodes said that his best friend Damien Sandow would give the crowd the greatest gift of all, in the spirit of the holidays: knowledge. Sandow did his three-question routine. The third question was, "who is the greatest tag team in WWE history?" Team Rhodes Scholars were pointing at themselves when the New Age Outlaws music hit. The place went nuts, especially those of us old enough to remember their heyday. After Road Dogg giving his famous introduction, the match began. There were some good exchanges in this match, specifically between Rhodes and Gunn, who looked very good. The match ended when Road Dogg tackled Sandow out of the ring after he attacked Gunn. This allowed Gunn to hit the Fameasser on Rhodes and get the pin with no interference. They posed for the crowd and got a huge pop before leaving.
After the crew came out to set up the steel cage, Dolph Ziggler came to the ring for his cage match against John Cena, accompanied by AJ Lee and Big E Langston. John Cena's music hit and the place went bananas. Once the match began, it was clear that this was going to be the match of the evening, despite the efforts of The Shield and the New Age Outlaws earlier. There were some good cage spots, including Cena hitting a facebuster on Ziggler from the top of the cage. At one point, Cena tried to jump down off the cage, but Langston caught him by his feet, not allowing him to exit. Pretty cool spot. Ziggler hit Cena with everything but the kitchen sink. He got him with the Zig Zag, a super kick, and the Fameasser. Cena kicked out each time. Eventually, the ref was incapacitated and Langston slammed the door on Cena's face. He entered the ring and hit him with his finisher before leaving. Ziggler still couldn't get the pin. AJ then entered (the ref was still gathering himself) with the briefcase and threw it down in disgust before slapping Cena. Cena responded by kissing her, which infuriated Langston and Ziggler. Langston grabbed Cena by the arms and Ziggler grabbed the briefcase. As he swung, Cena ducked, so Ziggler hit Langston with the case. Cena then connected with the AA and got the pin. The place went nuts. Cena posed for the crowd for a few minutes and then left.
Justin Roberts thanked everyone for coming out and said that they'd be back to Raleigh soon, though no official date was given.
Match of the Night: Cena vs. Ziggler cage match
Biggest Pop of the Night: 1) Cena, 2) New Age Outlaws 3) Daniel Bryan
Biggest Heat of the Night: 1) Vickie Guerrero, 2) Rhodes Scholars, 3) Jack Swagger
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