|By Marc Middleton | January 07, 2013 | Comments|
Wade Barrett vs. Santino Marella
Back from the break and WWE Intercontinental champion Wade Barrett waits in the ring as Santino Marella comes out with Ricky Steamboat in his corner. Barrett drops Santino early and unloads on him. Barrett with a suplex and a 2 count, then a headlock. Santino makes an effort but Barrett gets the win with his elbow.
Winner: Wade Barrett
- After the match, Barrett goes to attack Santino again but Steamboat comes in. Barrett exits without attacking him and laughs.
- Striker is backstage with Sheamus talking about the Rumble. 3MB walk up and have words with him. They say Randy Orton got lucky tonight. Sheamus proposes they go sing a song together and whoever is left standing after a Brogue gets to sing Danny Boy.
- We see the tables, ladders and chairs around the arena as the announcers hype Punk vs. Ryback. Back to commercial.
The Great Khali vs. Antonio Cesaro
Back from the break and The Great Khali is in the ring with Natalya and Hornswoggle. The Miz is on commentary as WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro makes his way out for a non-title match. They go at it and Khali drops Cesaro with a big chop. Khali works Cesaro over in the corner now. Khali with an elbow and a big chop. Khali with another big chop to the chest. Khali clotheslines Cesaro to the floor and he yells at Hornswoggle. Khali brings Cesaro over the ropes and continues the offense. Cesaro pulls Khali down over the top rope and goes to work on the leg.
Cesaro continues working on Khali's leg now. Khali kicks him back and drops him with a big chop. Khali gets up and Cesaro runs into a big elbow then a big boot. Khali with a pair of clotheslines. Khali goes for the Punjabi Plunge but Cesaro stops it. Cesaro with an uppercut. Cesaro springboards off the ropes with a corkscrew elbow and drops Khali. Cesaro hits a big Neutralizer for the win.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
- Paul Heyman is backstage when Brad Maddox walks up. Heyman says he doesn't want Maddox in his life at all. Maddox yells at Heyman and asks him who the hell he thinks he is. Maddox says Heyman won't talk to him that way. Maddox says he can be of service to Heyman and CM Punk. Maddox has his referee shirt with him tonight and says he thought about suggesting to Vickie Guerrero that he referee the match. Heyman doesn't want Maddox talking to Vickie or Maddox. Heyman tells Maddox to go away and threatens him. Heyman walks off.
Sheamus vs. Jinder Mahal
We go to the ring and out comes Sheamus before we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and 3MB is at ringside. Jinder and Sheamus go at it. Sheamus with a headlock takedown first. Jinder fights out of the corner and applies a headlock. Jinder drops Sheamus with a shoulder. Sheamus grabs Jinder by his nose and then drops him with a shoulder. Sheamus with a kick to the rear.
More comedy stuff from Sheamus. Jinder goes to his partners on the floor but Sheamus hits him with forearms to the chest on the apron. Sheamus pulls McIntyre up next and gives him 10 forearms to the chest also. Sheamus kicks Jinder in the head. Drew distracts Sheamus. Sheamus turns around to a big knee from Mahal and gets sent out to the floor. Sheamus fights off Slater and Drew on the floor but gets taken down. Mahal brings Sheamus back in the ring and works him over. Jinder with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Sheamus fights out and rams Jinder into the corner. Sheamus with a high knee. Slater gets on the apron and Sheamus brings him in the ring. Sheamus throws Slater into Mahal and clotheslines them both to the floor. Sheamus comes out and brings Jinder back in. Sheamus drops Drew with a Brogue on the floor. Slater catches one also. Sheamus goes back in and hits White Noise on Jinder followed by the Brogue for the win.
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