WWE Live Event Results From Portland, OR (8/16): Daniel Bryan Gets Title Shot, CM Punk, More
The Shield are shocked and retreat to the back, leaving their championship belts behind (which the referee later collects and takes to the back with him). All three faces' theme songs play while Christian and RVD take more time to high-five the audience.
Brad Maddox announces the results of the fans' choice poll: No DQ.
Dolph enters in his usual routine to a solid pop, slapping hands along the ramp as he goes. Big E and AJ enter to solid heat - Big E offers a high-five to a kid at ringside, but fakes him out and pulls his hand away at the last minute. Ziggler and AJ get into a shouting match in the ring before the bell rings and the referee makes her leave the ring. Ziggler peels off his shirt and throws it into the crowd - Big E charges him several times, but Ziggler repeatedly ducks out of the way and continues preening. The two find their way outside the ring, where Ziggler dominates, bashing E's head into the steel steps, then into the barricade along the entry ramp (asking the fan sitting two seats down from me to step out of the way first!) Ziggler grabs a bag of popcorn from a fan and smacks E in the face with it - E retaliates by grabbing a fan's cup of beer and throwing it in Ziggler's face, blinding him and giving E the advantage as they return to the ring. E retrieves a kendo stick from under the ring and starts working Ziggler over with it, then slams Ziggler and pins him for a 2-count. Ziggler is whipped into the turnbuckle and E charges in after him, but Ziggler ducks out of the way and E hits the steel post. E applies a suplex to Ziggler that turns into a backbreaker - during the spot, Ziggler's foot makes contact with E's jaw, knocking one of his teeth out! (The tooth landed in the corner and was never retrieved - it was still there after they left the ring, and disappeared during the following match.) Ziggler gets a hold of the kendo stick and gives E a beating, connects with a Zig-Zag and gets a 2-count. E confronts Brad Maddox, takes his chair, and props it on a turnbuckle which he whips Ziggler into, following with a 2-count. While the referee is distracted, AJ jumps up on the apron, grabs the kendo stick, and hits Ziggler over the head with it, which leads to another 2-count. AJ jumps in the ring and argues with the referee and is ejected. Big E takes his straps down, locks up with Ziggler, and goes for a Big Ending - which Ziggler counters into a Zig-Zag and pins him for a 3-count.
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler in 17:56
Axel and Heyman enter to the loudest heat of the night. Heyman tries to cut a promo but can't even get out "My name is Paul Heyman" over the boos. He sits down in the center of the ring a la CM Punk, and declares that this will be a non-title match, because Curtis Axel refuses to defend the title in the state of Oregon, but it doesn't matter because Axel will win and then on Sunday Brock Lesnar will break Punk and he'll be more useless than a woman from Portland.
CM Punk enters to a massive pop and charges straight at Paul Heyman. Axel intercepts him and they brawl outside the ring before the match starts. Punk puts Axel in a leg-lock in the center of the ring and applies several legbreakers as the crowd chants for one more. Axel fakes walking with a limp to lure Punk in for a brutal attack. "This is why I'm the Intercontinental champion!" he yells. Punk goes after Heyman again and Axel intercepts him, knocking him out on the floor outside the ring and yelling "How do you like me now, boys!" Back in the ring, Axel goes for an elbow off the top rope but misses and Punk is in control again. Punk goes for an elbow off the top himself but Axel rolls out of the ring and they brawl on the ramp. Axel gets Punk back in the ring and DDTs him off the middle rope for a 2-count. They both climb to the top rope and trade blows, Axel falls down, and Punk connects with an elbow drop. Punk gestures for the GTS - Axel counters, but Punk counters back and puts him in the Anaconda Vise. Paul Heyman throws the Intercontinental championship belt into the ring and jumps on the apron, distracting the ref. Axel taps out and Punk breaks the hold thinking he's won, but the ref didn't see the tap and hasn't rung the bell. Axel hits Punk over the head with the belt to chants of "You tapped out!" and goes for a Perfect-Plex, which Punk reverses and pins Axel for a 3-count.