Brad Maddox is on the phone with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Vickie Guerrero comes in after he hangs up the phone. He says HHH and Stephanie had to leave. He says he needs her help. She doesn’t want to help because they left him in charge and everything is on him. Maddox points out that if things go bad tonight, there will be hell to pay. Vickie laughs as she leaves him hanging.
Kofi Kingston vs. Bray Wyatt
Kingston is out first. Out next, with their usual creepy entrance, is the Wyatt Family. All three members. The bell rings and Kofi catches Wyatt with a couple of kicks and Wyatt begins to laugh. A couple more kicks, and Wyatt catches one, shoving Kofi down to the mat. Kofi catches Wyatt with another kick and a couple of big forearms before hitting a nice double boot in the corner. Kofi heads to the top, but Wyatt hits the ropes to stop him. Wyatt splashed Kofi’s back as he hangs down from the top turnbuckle. Wyatt drags Kofi to the apron and hits him with a clubbing blow to the chest.
Bray brings the action back into the ring where he pounds on Kofi in the corner before bringing him out and hitting a quick short-arm clothesline. Wyatt hits a head butt before locking in a modified chin lock stretch. Wyatt yells out things while stretching Kofi. Kofi fights out of the hold, but Wyatt slams him to the mat and hits a big elbow to the chest for two. Wyatt goes right back to the chin lock, wrenching Kofi’s neck. Kofi fights up to his feet, and reverses a suplex into a splash. Kofi rolls out to the apron and leaps into the ring, right into a quick powerslam from Wyatt that’s good for two.
Kingston hits a giant crucifix to send Wyatt crashing down on his shoulders. Kofi hits a back chop, then another, then a big dropkick. Kofi hits a leaping clothesline, then follows it up with the boom drop. Kofi tries for the trouble in paradise, but Wyatt ducks and the two collide when Wyatt launches himself into Kingston.
Wyatt does a bit of a spiderwalk toward Kingston, and Kofi freaks out and slides from the ring. Kofi low bridges Wyatt and sends him to the outside. Kofi leaps over the top rope and wipes out all members of the Wyatt family.
Kingston is on the top rope and comes off with a giant cross body that’s good for two. Wyatt shoves Kofi away and is caught in a sunset flip, but fights it off. Kofi tries for the SOS, but Wyatt turns it into the sister abigail for three.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
After The Match
After the victory for Wyatt, both Erick Rowan and Luke Harper beat up Kingston some more. Bray grabs the mic and cuts another weird ass promo before ending with his usual, “follow the buzzards” catchphrase.
CM Punk vs. Ryback
A cool video package airs highlighting the history of the CM Punk and Paul Heyman feud, including the introduction of Ryback to the picture when he saved Heyman at the last WWE pay-per-view. Now we head into the arena where Ryback and Paul Heyman come out together and head to the ring. Out next is Punk. And oh yes people, “it’s clobbering time!”
The bell sounds and the two square off. Ryback over-powers Punk. Punk looks discouraged for just a moment before using his speed and some leg kicks to force Ryback to roll out to the floor to seek the advice of Heyman.
Ryback is done talking to Heyman and rolls back in the ring to continue the action. Punk continues throwing kicks at the lower-half of Ryback’s body and legs. Ryback rolls out to the floor again to seek advice from Heyman. This time, however, Punk follows him out with a big dive onto the floor. Punk stands on the barricade and leaps off, but he’s caught by Ryback. Punk drops down and shoves Ryback into the ring post. Punk brings things back into the ring and goes to the top rope to hit a big cross body for a two count. Punk hits Ryback with a couple of kicks to the chest and a couple of knees to the face, but Ryback sends Punk face first into the middle turnbuckle. Ryback seats Punk on the top turnbuckle and slams him to the mat.
Ryback gets in a couple of shots before pulling Punk out of the corner with a snap mare, then kicking him in the chest. Ryback clamps Punk in a rear chin lock. Punk is able to fight up to his feet and Ryback hits him with a huge belly to belly suplex. Ryback hits Punk with a big legdrop for two. Ryback picks Punk up to his feet and takes him into the corner, hitting a big chop to Punk’s chest. Ryback hits Punk with a huge running clothesline in the corner before simply standing on Punk’s head. Ryback hits an elbow drop, then a couple of kicks to the back.
Punk starts making a comeback but is cut short by Ryback. Ryback picks Punk up and suplexes him into the ropes, hitting him with a big kick to the side of the head. Ryback heads to the outside and hits Punk with a couple of clubbing blows to the chest while he’s laid on the apron. Ryback heads back into the ring and kicks at Punk’s chest. Ryback takes Punk into the corner and buries his shoulder in Punk’s midsection before backing up and charging in with another big shoulder to the gut.
Punk starts making a comeback again. Ryback charges right into a big boot in the corner, then misses a spear and ends up charging shoulder first into the ring post. Punk hits Ryback with a couple of stiff kicks, then a forearm. Punk kicks Ryback’s chest, then hits him with a nice back heel kick. Punk doesn’t stop continuing on with a swinging neckbreaker.
Paul Heyman gets on the mic. Heyman calls himself the best in the world and says he is because he pinned CM Punk with both hands behind his back. This distracts Punk and allows Ryback to blast him from behind. Ryback picks Punk up for a giant powerbomb, but Punk kicks out at two. Another cover, and a third, and it’s still a two count. Heyman tells Ryback to powerbomb him again. Ryback picks up Punk and goes for another power bomb, but Punk lands on his feet and catches Ryback with a kick to the side of the head.
Punk nails Ryback with a knee and then goes to the top rope. Punk comes off with a big elbow drop. Punk hits another high knee in the corner, and another. He stares down Heyman and goes for a third, but Ryback catches him. Punk counters with a hurricanrana, and he shoulders Ryback. Ryback fights out of it and slams Punk to the mat for another near fall. Ryback hits Punk with a couple of big clubbing blows to the side of the head while Heyman gets in his face. Ryback keeps attacking, causing the ref to pull him off. Heyman grabs a kendo stick, but the ref sees it. This leads to Punk kicking Ryback low. Punk pins him. 1-2-3. Punk wins.
Winner: CM Punk
Kickoff Show Expert Panel
After Punk’s victory, we return to Josh Matthews and the “expert panel” from the Kickoff Show. The guys talk about how Punk out-smarted Heyman and managed to gain some revenge. They switch topics to the main event, where Matthews asks the guys if they are keeping their predictions from earlier tonight. They say “Yes! Yes! Yes!” They introduce a video package for tonight’s main event, which is up next.
NOTE: During the video package for the main event, which is coming up next, a technical difficulties message is displayed. Apparently there is a problem with the DirecTV pay-per-view feed. Not sure what’s going on here, but this error screen has been airing for a few minutes now.
We return and there’s a “we’ve got power!” chant from the fans in Buffalo. Michael Cole is explaining to the viewing audience that there was a power outage in Buffalo. This is pretty crazy, but things seem to be cleared up in time for the main event to go on as scheduled. WWE may have dodged a major bullet right there.