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We go backstage where Matt Striker is standing alongside CM Punk. He says Punk had an interesting experience with his challengers last Monday, and we get a recap of Alberto Del Rio and the Miz beating Punk down before their match tonight. Striker asks for Punks thoughts. Punk says he had six days to watch this footage, and as painful as it was, there was something more painful. More painful than sitting through two hours of Cole commentary. He says what he saw was Johnny Ace accept an award on his behalf, and it was for Superstar of the Year. And he’s not received his Slammy yet. Ace comes in and says he mailed the Slammy, but it’s the holiday season, so it might be a while. Ace says Punk should be more worried about his match tonight. He wishes Punk luck tonight and a Merry Christmas. Punk says luck is for losers before walking out.
Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger
The bell rings and we get a quick lock up. Swagger breaks and lays into Sheamus with a couple of strikes. Sheamus tells him to bring it on and hits him with a big clothesline. Sheamus drops it up with a couple of big elbow drops to Swagger, then takes him to the corner to beat on him for a while before hitting a big shoulder block. Sheamus sends Swagger into the ropes, and Swagger is able to turn it around into an abdominal stretch, but Sheamus is quick to fight it off, tie Swagger up in the ropes, and hit him with repeated clubbing blows to the chest before just tossing him to the outside.
Sheamus tries to suplex Swagger back into the ring, but Swagger blocks it, so Sheamus hits him with a couple of rights that send him back out to the floor. Sheamus follows, but he’s driven spine first into the ring post before being sent into the barricade hard. Swagger sends Sheamus back into the ring and hits the Vader bomb in the corner for a quick near fall.
Swagger tosses Sheamus into the ropes and hits him with a big forearm to the bat. When he tries to do it again, Sheamus responds with a big clothesline, then a couple of running forearms. Sheamus beats on Swagger’s back in the corner before taking him to the middle of the ring and slamming him to the mat hard for another near fall. Sheamus heads out to the apron and makes his way up, but Swagger surprises him with a big running forearm that sends Sheamus crashing to the outside. Swagger follows, but this time Sheamus sends Swagger spine first into the ring post and then hard into the barricade. Sheamus sends Swagger back into the ring and follows with a big diving shoulder block from the top rope for another near fall for Sheamus.
Sheamus gets himself psyched up, but he misses the bicycle kick, and Swagger is able to connect with a couple of low dropkicks to the knee, and another Vader bomb in the corner. Swagger pulls Sheamus out into the middle of the ring and locks in the ankle lock, keeping Sheamus in the middle. Sheamus rolls through to send Swagger into the corner, and he sidesteps a spear. Sheamus connects with the bicycle kick, and lays Swagger out for the three count.