WWE TLC: Ziggler vs. Ryder (WWE U.S. Title)
Dec 18, 2011 - by Adam Martin
The WWE opening promo plays.
A video package runs with a Christmas theme focusing on the matches set for tonight.
A graphic opening hits welcoming us to TLC. We go live to the 1st Mariner Arena where a huge display of pyro goes off. On commentary tonight is Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler.
Vickie Guerrero kicks off the show. “Merry Christmas everyone…EXCUSE ME!” Vickie introduces “the greatest gift could ask for, the United States Champion, Dolph Ziggler.”
WWE United States Championship
Dolph Ziggler (c) w/ Vickie Guerrero vs. Zack Ryder
Ziggler with a kick trip takedown on Ryder early on. Huge support for Ryder in Baltimore. Ziggler with a quick shoulder block on Ryder. Ziggler with repeated elbow drops over Ryder. When Ryder turns over on his stomach, Ziggler jumps up and drops an elbow over the back of Ryder's neck. Ryder attempts a comeback and Ziggler cuts it off with a quick back elbow. Loud “LET'S GO RYDER – WOO WOO WOO” chant. Ziggler drops Ryder on the mat and then lays down doing sit ups. Ziggler applies a headlock keeping Ryder grounded. Ziggler with an Angle Slam out of the corner on Ryder. Ryder with a big slap and missile dropkick combo on Ziggler. Ryder with a leaping elbow that drops Ziggler down in the corner. Ryder calls for the WOO…WOO…WOO first pump and connects with the Broski Boot. Ryder hooks the leg and Vickie puts Ziggler's foot on the bottom rope. The referee catches her and sends her to the back. Vickie screams in frustration. Ryder with a rollup. Ziggler counters into one of his own and Ryder powers out. Ziggler drops Ryder's head off the top rope. Ziggler with a fameasser, hooks the leg and Ryder powers out. Ziggler catches Ryder with a huge dropkick. Ziggler drops Ryder on the corner post and goes for a rollup getting a close two count. Ryder with a double knee and Rough Ryder on Ziggler. Ryder gets the pinfall.
Winner and NEW WWE United States Champion: Zack Ryder
After the match, we see a shot of Zack's dad and The Big O celebrating during the pinfall. Ryder leaves ringside with the belt and celebrates with his father and friend. Huge reaction to the title win.
Backstage, WWE Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes attacks Booker T.
* Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne defending the WWE Tag Team Championships against Epico and Primo is up next.