WWE CAPITOL PUNISHMENT: Barrett vs. Jackson (WWE IC Title)
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Wade Barrett (c) vs. Ezekiel Jackson
A loud “USA” chant broke out at the start of the match. Barrett with a quick headlock, Jackson breaks it up and drops Barrett quickly. Barrett bails to the corner to prevent an attack from Jackson. Cole points out that Jackson isn’t American either to the laughter of Booker T and Jerry Lawler. Jackson with a big body shot and right hand on Barrett. Jackson with a huge forearm to the back of Barrett’s neck that results in a two count. Barrett bails again to the corner, gets around Jackson and then hits a big boot in the corner. Jackson attempts a clothesline, but Barrett counter into a big sidewalk slam for a two count. A fairly loud “WE WANT RYDER” chant breaks out. Lots of pinfall attempts between Barrett and Jackson. Barrett catches Jackson with a big kick to the gut and then connects with a pump handle slam. Barrett with big kicks to the gut of Jackson in the corner. Jackson with an elbow and a series of tackles on Barrett. Jackson with a splash in the corner, Barrett misses a splash of his own and Jackson attempts a scoop slam. Barrett counters with big knees. Barrett has Jackson up and connects with the Wasteland. Barrett hooks the leg and Jackson gets a shoulder up after two. Barrett is shocked. Jackson with one scoop slam, a second, a third, a fourth and then gets Barrett up in the Torture Rack. Barrett taps out.
Winner and NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion: Ezekiel Jackson
After the match, we see a highlight of the finish of Barrett tapping out to the Torture Rack. Back live, Big Zeke flexes and holds up the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Jerry “The King” Lawler grabs a mic and wants to get some comments from Jackson about becoming the new Intercontinental Champion. Jackson said this is the greatest day of his life and he put a final stamp on The Corre.
Backstage, Santino, Beth Phoenix and Kelly Kelly are with the fake President Barack Obama. Santino tries to show Obama how to execute the Cobra, but the Secret Service tackle him and rush Obama out of the room.
Backstage, Josh Mathews is with CM Punk. Punk mentions that Washington, D.C. is the birthplace of the straight edge lifestyle, but it is also the home of dirty politics. He said he heard Mathews call him a politician and he agrees. Punk uses air quotes referring to himself as a “sports entertainer” in that instead of most politicians, he tells the truth and that Rey Mysterio is lying through his mask.
* Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk is up next.