VENGEANCE: Ziggler vs. Ryder (WWE U.S. Title)
No rest for Ziggler here as we go right into his title defense.
WWE United States Championship
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Zack Ryder
The bell rings and Zack Ryder goes after Dolph Ziggler in the corner. Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne are looking on from the outside along with Jack Swagger and Vickie Guerrero who are cheering on Ziggler. Ziggler slows down Ryder’s offense with a quick swinging neckbreaker. Ryder drops Ziggler with a clothesline. Ziggler bails to the outside. A tired Ziggler starts crawling up the ramp when both Kingston and Bourne toss him back inside. The referee sends Kingston and Bourne to the back. Vickie waves goodbye to both. Ryder with forearm shots dropping Ziggler followed by a face plant. Ryder jumps and hits the ropes when Ziggler moves. Ziggler with a quick elbow drop on Ryder and then begins stretching him sitting over his back. Ziggler then drops a big elbow over the back of Ryder. Ziggler splashes Ryder in the corner and tosses him face first into the mat. Ziggler misses a splash in the corner and Ryder misses a boot to Ziggler. Ziggler with a fameasser on Ryder for a two count. Ryder gets his knees up dropping Ziggler in the corner. Ryder with a big running boot to the head of Ziggler. Swagger tries to trip up Ryder and he kicks him away. Ryder holds the ropes during a Zig Zag attempt. Ryder kicks away Swagger again and then Ziggler drops Ryder with a big superkick. Ziggler covers Ryder and gets the win.
Winner and still WWE United States Champion: Dolph Ziggler
Backstage, we see Ted DiBiase talking with CM Punk. Triple H walks up and wants a second as DiBiase walks off. He wants to clear the air about his “immigration” problem on Monday night. Punk said he understands and trusts him – maybe not a few months ago, but he does now. Triple H wants to spare each other the hype speech. Punk agrees and wants to truly show Miz and R-Truth that WWE is an unsafe working environment tonight.
* Beth Phoenix defending the WWE Divas Championship against Eve Torres is up next.