WWE CAPITOL PUNISHMENT: Kingston vs. Ziggler (WWE U.S. Title)
Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Booker T are on commentary tonight. They are using the red, white and blue ropes tonight.
WWE United States Championship
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ Vickie Guerrero
Kofi Kingston with a big headlock takedown early on Ziggler. Ziggler counters with the same. Kingston fires back with a flying elbow. Kingston with a quick dropkick and then monkey flips Ziggler out of the corner high in the air. Ziggler drops Kingston off the ropes and connects with a leg drop over the neck for a two count. Ziggler with a big standing dropkick that levels Kingston. Ziggler with an elbow drop and starts working over Kingston’s head on the mat. Kingston fires back with elbows. Booker T on commentary said he is a big fan of Ziggler getting “rid of the mullet.” Ziggler with a back suplex into a bridge for a two count. Kingston counters a sleeper hold attempt by Ziggler. Kingston with huge chops and a dropkick on Ziggler. Kingston with a crossbody over Ziggler’s lower back for a two count. Kingston with a Boom Drop over Ziggler. Ziggler dodges Trouble in Paradise. Kingston with an S.O.S. pinning combo for a close two count. Pinfall attempts with Ziggler holding the tights, Kingston fires out and hits a big double stomp to the chest of Ziggler for another close two count. Ziggler gets in a big shot on Kingston who was climbing up to the top turnbuckle. Kingston drops Ziggler off and Kingston connects with a huge crossbody. Kingston again gets an even closer two count pinfall on Ziggler. Kingston goes for the S.O.S. again and Ziggler counters with a sleeper. Kingston sends Ziggler face first into the corner to break it up. Ziggler dodges Trouble in Paradise again. Kingston holds on to the ropes when Ziggler attempts the Zig Zag. Vickie gets in a cheap shot with the referee distracted. Ziggler gets the sleeper hold locked on. Ziggler drops Kingston down to the mat and locks it in even more. They rolled near the ropes and Ziggler kicked off the ropes to push it more to the middle. Booker T and Michael Cole mention the referee should have broken it up at that point. The referee then calls for the bell. Lots of confusion. The referee checks on Kingston and he is out. The WWE United States Championship is tossed into the ring, the referee picks it up and hands it to Ziggler holding up his arm. Ziggler is the new champion.
Winner and NEW WWE United States Champion: Dolph Ziggler
After the match, we see highlights of the match leading to the finish showing that Ziggler choked out Kingston.
Backstage, a limo pulls up and R-Truth gets out with the WWE Championship on his shoulder. Josh Mathews walks up looking to get a word. R-Truth yells, “THE CHAMP…IS IN…THE HOUSE…FOSHIZZLE.” He walks away and sees Eve. Eve said she doesn’t know who Truth is anymore. Truth said she is right and he wants to dedicate his victory tonight to all of the little Jimmys.
Backstage, The Miz is with Todd Grisham. Grisham said his critics are asking him if he has what it takes to beat Alex Riley tonight. The Miz responds, “Really? That is how low my career has sunk? I’m a former WWE Champion!” Miz said he rescued Riley from all of the NXT rejects and said the only thing he was good for was carrying around his “Money in the Bank” briefcase. He talks about winning that briefcase and winning the main event of Wrestlemania, while Riley was carrying the briefcase. Miz said after he beats Riley tonight he will go back to carrying something else for another person.
A video packages runs focusing on The Miz vs. Alex Riley tonight.
* The Miz vs. Alex Riley is up next.