Report by Richard Trionfo & PWinsider.com
Over the last few weeks, we have seen a change in Ryback. He has become more surly and has started to wear leather jackets. What will happen when he steps into the Highlight Reel? Jack Swagger attacked people with a ladder on Monday night. What will happen tonight when the triple threat ladder match build heats up. Daniel Bryan will face Dean Ambrose tonight. Who will evolve and who will be shown the gate?
We are in Raleigh, North Carolina and your announcers are Michael Cole, John Layfield, and Josh Mathews.
Chris Jericho is in the ring and he welcomes everyone to the Highlight Reel. Chris mentions that his guest will be facing the WWE Champion in nine days in a Last Man Standing Match. Chris brings Ryback to the ring.
We take a look back at what happened at the end of Raw when The Shield, Daniel Bryan, and John Cena made their way to the ring to have their separate battles.
Chris says that Ryback has made some waves since attacking John Cena after Wrestlemania. Chris says that he likes to stir things up and mess with his guests, but Chris sees where Ryback is coming from.
Ryback says that he does not need Chris’ approval.
Chris says that he knows why Ryback is doing what he is doing. He has been screwed out of the WWE Title and he has been attacked by the Shield.
Ryback wants to know what Chris’ point is.
Chris says that Ryback talks about Ryback Rules and he wants to know what Ryback’s Rules are. He thinks the rules are simple and that he will do whatever it takes to win and to get to the top. Chris says that he understands that and he has been champion six times. Chris says that he developed a chip on his shoulder bigger than Big Show. He had a list of enemies.
Ryback says that this is probably where Chris says that he saw the error of his ways, but he will still judge him for doing the selfish thing.
Chris says that he is not judging Ryback, but the people in the crowd are judging him. The Jerichoholics are judging Ryback. He says that the people are booing Ryback because they know the difference between beating the Rock and Steve Austin in the same night and beating up a one-legged John Cena to become the champion.
The end may justify the means and he will get what he wants. He can be the cowardly champion who cuts corners instead of being the nice guy who finishes second. Ryback could win the championship at Extreme Rules, but he will lose the respect of everyone in the WWE Universe.
Ryback says that Chris talks way too much. What makes Chris think that Ryback won’t drop him right here, right now.
Chris says that he is looking in Ryback’s eyes and he doesn’t think that Ryback is going to do a damn thing.
Before we can get the pull apart, Teddy Long’s music plays and he says that is not how it is going to go down tonight. If they have some business to settle, they will do it in the main event. For the first time ever, Ryback will face Chris Jericho.
Ryback punches Jericho and leaves the ring.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Kofi Kingston versus Cody Rhodes in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Kofi with a waist lock but Cody with a leg trip. Cody and Kofi block hip tosses and Kofi with a knee and arm drags into an arm bar. Cody gets to the ropes and he connects with an elbow and he punches and chokes Kofi in the ropes. Cody pulls down the knee pad and he connects with the knee to the midsection and he gets a near fall.
Cody with a gourdbuster and he gets a near fall. Cody kicks Kofi in the ropes. Cody works on the arm and he uses the leg for a hammer lock. Kofi with an arm drag and he chops Cody. Kofi with a drop kick and he misses the leaping clothesline. Cody with a kick.
Kofi with a sunset flip but Cody rolls through. Kofi avoids a kick and he gets a near fall. Cody with a kick for a near fall. Cody with an Irish whip but Kofi gets his boots up and then he hits a double jump cross body but Cody rolls through and gets a near fall. Kofi avoids Cross Rhodes and Cody avoids SOS. Cody ducks Trouble in Paradise and then he goes for Beautiful Disaster but Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise and he gets the three count.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look at Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman’s day at WWE Headquarters. We also see what happened between Paul and Hunter on Raw.
They talk about the cage match and John Layfield mentions that Brock has won titles inside a cage in MMA, but you can use the cage in the WWE. They will meet face-to-face on Raw.
Renee Young is in the back with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. Renee brings up Raw but Zeb interrupts and he says that he wants Renee to hold the mic so he can talk. Dolph Ziggler is a man of questionable morals and he won the Money in the Bank ladder match last year. Zeb mentions the criminale Alberto Del Rio and he has experience with ladders. Jack Swagger served a statement on Monday night because he took out four guys. He will send another message taking care of blondie’s bodyguard. At Extreme Rules, every step that Jack Swagger takes up that ladder, every Real American will be a step closer to their goals. The American Way is staying true to your beliefs and taking things one step at a time. Taking the title is the first step and taking the country back is the second step.
Alberto Del Rio comes to ringside to join the commentary team for the next match.
Match Number Two: Big E Langston (with lots of chalk, Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee) versus Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter)
Before the match starts, Del Rio brings a ladder from under the ring and he pushes it into the middle of the ring. The referee yells at Del Rio and then Swagger and Ziggler go for the ladder but Swagger with a kick to the head. Langston and Swagger play tug of war with the ladder and Colter hits Langston from behind.
Langston looks at Colter while holding on to the ladder but Swagger hits Langston in the midsection with the ladder. Ziggler goes after Swagger and he picks up the ladder and tosses it to Swagger and connects with a drop kick into the ladder and Swagger goes down.
Colter grabs the ladder and Ziggler with a baseball slide into the ladder and Colter is down. Del Rio attacks Ziggler and then he hits the super kick. Del Rio picks up the ladder and he waits for Ziggler to get up and he hits Ziggler in the shoulder with the ladder. Del Rio goes to the floor and he throws the ladder at Swagger.
Del Rio brings the ladder back into the ring and he grabs the title belt and he climbs the ladder with the belt.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Dean Ambrose (with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) versus Daniel Bryan (with Kane)
Bryan with a running knee that sends Ambrose into the corner. Bryan with a forearm but Ambrose with forearms of his own and then he runs Bryan’s face across the top rope. Bryan with a knee to Ambrose and then he alternates kicks and elbows and then he focuses on the kicks and he connects with a knee drop. Bryan punches Ambrose in the corner and connects with a European uppercut and then he sends Bryan into the corner and he runs his forearm across Bryan’s face.
Ambrose with a head butt to Bryan and then he chokes Bryan. Ambrose with a chop and Irosh whip but Bryan flips over and then he hits a flying clothesline. Bryan with kicks to the chest but Ambrose ducks a round kick and he goes to the floor. Bryan hits a suicide dive onto Bryan and both men are down on the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Ambrose with a snap elbow drop for a near fall. Ambrose with a hammer lock and we see footage from the break when Ambrose hot shot Bryan. Ambrose with a cross arm choke on Bryan. Bryan escapes but Ambrose with a short arm clothesline and an elbow drop for another near fall. Ambrose with a nerve hold on Bryan.
Ambrose with a knee to the back and he works on the neck. Bryan gets to his feet and he connects with elbows and punches. Ambrose with a knee to Bryan’s midsection followed by a punch. Ambrose with a drop kick to Bryan against the ropes and Ambrose gets a near fall. Ambrose with a sleeper.
Bryan with elbows but Ambrose with a head butt. Ambrose with forearms to Bryan and then he misses a shoulder in the corner when Bryan moves and Ambrose goes shoulder first into the ring post. Bryan with a running drop kick into the corner followed by kicks to the chest and then he puts Ambrose in the tree of woe.
Bryan with kicks to the midsection and then he hits a running drop kick into the corner and he gets a near fall. Bryan with European uppercuts but Ambrose with a backslide for a near fall. Bryan with a running kick to the chest and then Bryan goes up top. Kane holds Rollins and Reigns at bay and Bryan with the missile drop kick and he gets a near fall.
Ambrose with chops but Bryan with a kick but he misses a round kick. Ambrose with a belly-to-back set up into a front driver for a near fall. Ambrose with knees to Bryan but Bryan attempts to lock in the No Lock. He gets the hold applied and then Kane stops Rollins from interfering, but the referee is out of position and he cannot see Reigns breaking up the hold.
Reigns goes after Kane on the floor and they fight against the ringside barrier. Ambrose sets for the Dean Driver but Kofi comes to the ring and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Dean Ambrose (by disqualification)
After the match, all six men battle in and out of the ring. The Shield are sent from the ring while Kingston, Bryan, and Kane stand tall in the ring.
We see footage from earlier today when Mark Henry pulled a tractor trailer behind him.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see Mark Henry whipping the life out of Sheamus.
We go to the parking lot and Matt Striker is with Mark Henry. Some other wrestlers are watching as Mark is connected to two tractor trailers. Matt asks Mark about his feats of strength. Mark says there have been a lot of strong men who have pulled trucks, boats, trolleys, buses and such. No one has pulled two tractor trailers. This is an example of what he can do. This is a demonstration of how he is going to pull Sheamus like a rag doll.
Mark says that the people don’t think he can do it, but he will do it. Mark makes it past the finish line and then he collapses because that is what he do.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look back at what happened between John Cena and Ryback on Raw. Who wants a Raw Rebound?
Renee Young is in the back with Randy Orton. Renee asks Randy about what happened with Big Show on Raw. We see the punch that knocked Orton out.
She wants to know what Randy’s message to the Big Show is. He says that he vouched for the Big Show at Wrestlemania and it got him knocked out twice. They say that when you mess with the viper, you are going to get bitten. He says that at Extreme Rules, there will be no antidote for what he does to the Big Show.
Match Number Three: Big Show versus Tensai (with Brodus Clay, Cameron, and Naomi)
Show with a kick and punches to Tensai but Tensai punches back. Tensai with shoulders in the corner followed by a knee and head butts. Tensai with another head butt and punches. Tensai with a splash and he sets for the Baldo Bomb but Show with the knockout punch and Show gets the three count.
Winner: Big Show
After the match, Show sees Clay checking on Tensai and Show goes after Clay. Clay with punches but Show with a spear to Clay and he waits for Clay to get up but Orton comes from out of nowhere and hits an RKO on Show.
Kaitlyn is in the back and AJ stops by and asks if Kaitlyn is texting her mom. Kaitlyn says that it is her secret admirer. AJ wonders who is desperate enough to slum it with Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn says that maybe it is Dolph and he is tired of little spider monkeys and wants a real woman.
AJ says that most men don’t want their women able to bench press more than they can. Kaitlyn asks if a real woman has soulless eyes and the body of a ten year old boy.
Natalya stops by and AJ leaves. Natalya wants to know what is up with her new man. Kaitlyn does not know who it is. She wants to know if Khali has been able to find out something. Khali appears in a Rey Mysterio mask and Natalya says that she was tricked by him.
Kaitlyn wants to know if Natalya can tell Khali that he doesn’t need to be in a costume.
Kaitlyn leaves and Natalya says that Khali does not have to be in disguise and look like Cody Rhodes.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Chris Jericho versus Ryback
They lock up and Ryback sends Jericho to the mat. They lock up again and Ryback pushes Jericho to the mat again. Jericho with a slap and forearm followed by a drop kick. Ryback sends Jericho over the top rope to the apron and he knocks Jericho off with a punch. Ryback punches Jericho on the floor and he connects with forearms.
Ryback rolls Jericho back into the ring but Jericho with forearms and chops. Jericho with kicks and Ryback pushes him away. Ryback with a punch and forearm. Ryback with kicks and then he chokes Jericho. Ryback tries to wear down Jericho and he sends Jericho into the turnbuckles and he chops Jericho.
Ryback with a reverse chin lock. Jericho with a kick and a running forearm that sends Ryback to the apron. Jericho with the springboard drop kick and Ryback goes to the floor. Ryback returns to the apron and Jericho wants Ryback to get back into the ring but Ryback goes to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Ryback with kicks and forearms. We are told that Jericho was sent into the ring post during the commercial break. Ryback with a boot to the midsection and he gets a near fall. Ryback with a waist lock. Jericho gets to his feet and he punches Ryback. Ryback with a spinebuster and he gets a near fall.
Ryback slams Jericho’s head into the mat. Ryback works on Jericho’s neck. Jericho with forearms but Ryback with an Irish whip. Jericho avoids a charge into the corner. Jericho cannot get Ryback down after two shoulder tackles. Ryback sends Jericho to the apron and Jericho goes up top for a double sledge.
Ryback with a power slam but Ryback misses a splash. Jericho does not miss a Lionsault but he can only get a one count. Jericho with a kick and then Jericho is pressed over Ryback’s head. Jericho lands on his feet and he tries for a Codebreaker but Ryback counters and sends Jericho to the mat. Ryback with a powerbomb. Ryback with a slam. Ryback with a clothesline in the corner but Jericho with a drop kick to the knee.
Jericho tries for the Walls of Jericho but Ryback does not go over. Jericho with a cross body and Ryback catches him and hits a fallaway slam. Ryback with a lariat and he says it is over. Ryback gets Jericho on his shoulders but Jericho counters with a rollup into the Walls of Jericho.
Ryback struggles to make it to the ropes and he succeeds. Jericho hits the Codebreaker but Ryback falls to the floor. Jericho goes to the floor because he does not want to win by count out. Ryback sends Jericho into the ringside barrier. Ryback runs Jericho groin first into the ring post and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Chris Jericho (by disqualification)
After the match, the referee checks on Jericho but Ryback appears to head to the back but he decides to return to the other side of the ring and he clotheslines Jericho over the announce table.
We go to credits.