Mar 12, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck
Josh Mathews / Michael Cole / Brad Maddox on commentary
Sheamus & Randy Orton defeat Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow. Sandow ate a Brogue Kick, Rhodes ate an RKO to take the pin.
After the match, The Shield challenged Orton and Sheamus to find a partner for a six man at WrestleMania. Orton and Sheamus accepted.
The Miz defeats Darren Young via submission (Figure Four). Wade Barrett helped on commentary.
Backstage, Big Show wanted to be the tag partner against The Shield. Orton & Henry said they already picked somebody – The Ryback.
Layla & Kaitlyn defeat Tamina Snuka & Aksana. Sloppy match. Kaitlyn hit Aksana with a GORE, but Layla snuck a tag in and pinned Aksana with a crossbody. Turn coming.
Backstage, the Bellas beat up Naomi and Cameron. Bellas made fun of the “dancing dinosaur and his fat friend who thinks he is Japanese.”
Dolph Ziggler defeats Kane with the ZigZag. Daniel Bryan and Big E brawled at ringside towards the end. This distracted Kane leading towards the finish. Big E tossed Bryan over the timekeeper wall. After the match, Ziggler taunted Kane until Kane grabbed Zigg’s throat for a chokeslam. Big E saved Ziggler, then hit his finish on Kane.
Another Ricardo/ADR spoof on Colter aired. This one was about Canadians. It was pretty funny.
Fandango vs Great Khali never happened. Fandango came out, calling Khali “stretch.” He wanted Khali to pronounce his name. Khali tried. Fandango was sickened by Khali’s attempt. No match.
Backstage, Booker made Shield vs Sheamus, Ryback, and Orton official. The Shield then attacked Orton and Sheamus and left them laying.
Mark Henry vs The Ryback never happened. 10 seconds after the bell rang, The Shield attacked Ryback. Ryback initially cleared the ring and faced back off with Henry, but the Shield got the better of Ryback on attempt #2. The Shield left Ryback laying with a trio powerbomb. After Shield left, Henry came back in and gave Ryback a World’s Strongest Slam. And then another. And then another. Henry welcomed Ryback to the Hall of Pain.
Jack Swagger pinned Chris Jericho. This was a good, long match with a lot of back and forth trading nearfalls at the end. Swagger won with his gutwrench powerbomb.
Swagger and Zeb posed to close the show.
Credit: Rob McCarron & Wrestling Observer