WWE Tag-Team Titles: New Age Outlaws (c) vs. Goldust & Cody Rhodes (Steel Cage Match)
Highlights are shown of last week’s match between The New Age Outlaws and the team of Goldust and Cody Rhodes. The steel cage, which has been hanging above the ring all night, is finally lowered. “Oh you didn’t know?” Road Dogg and Billy Gunn make their way to the ring as Road Dogg does his usual routine on the mic. Billy Gunn finishes with his usual stuff. With that said, Goldust’s music hits and out comes the former WWE Tag-Team Champions. As they finish up their ring entrance, we head to a commercial.
When we return from commercial, Justin Roberts does his official introduction for this WWE Tag-Team Championship contest. The announcers point out that you cannot escape the cage to win, there must be a pinfall or submission. It’s also noted that this will be a traditional tag-team match, as only one person from each team can wrestle at one time. Goldust and Road Dogg start things off. Goldust gets the better of Road Dogg, so Road Dogg tags in Billy Gunn. Gunn finally gets the upper-hand on The Rhodes Brothers, and the New Age Outlaws are in control of this one.
The crowd begins a very loud “CM Punk” chant as the match continues. The announcers argue and bicker over Daniel Bryan potentially becoming the new “face of WWE” if he defeats Randy Orton later tonight. Meanwhile, Goldust and Road Dogg, the legal men in the match now, are fighting back-and-forth. Goldust ends up getting the better of him as a “you don’t age” chant breaks out. I believe that’s what they were chanting. Road Dogg finally gets the better of Goldust and tags in Billy Gunn. A loud “We want Punk” chant breaks out as Michael Cole takes us to a mid-match commercial.
When we return from commercial, Goldust and Road Dogg are battling it out. The guys go back-and-forth for a couple of minutes. The finish sees Cody Rhodes do a wicked moonsault off the top of the cage. In the end, however, Gunn hits the FameAsser for the 1-2-3. The New Age Outlaws retain the titles.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag-Team Champions: The New Age Outlaws
Titus O’Neil vs. Zack Ryder
Titus O’Neil makes his way to the ring with new theme music. Highlights are shown of O’Neil turning on his former Prime Time Player tag-team partner Darren Young on last week’s SmackDown. As O’Neil beats up Zack Ryder with ease, The Miz raids the RAW commentary and complains about not being booked on RAW. He whines a bit and then walks off.
Meanwhile, O’Neil continues to dominate Ryder in the ring. As O’Neil continues to punish Ryder, another “CM Punk” chant breaks out from the fans in Omaha. Ryder is finally getting some offense in, but eventually O’Neil catches him coming off the top-rope with a big slam. O’Neil hits a big splash on Ryder in the corner. He hits his finisher on Ryder for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Titus O’Neil
Dance-Off: Summer Rae vs. Emma
We head to a commercial after O’Neil’s win. When we return from commercial, Fandango makes his way to the ring with Summer Rae. As he makes his entrance, WWE airs a Black History Month vignette. The vignette focuses on “The Big Cat” Ernie Ladd. As we return, Justin Roberts introduces a “Dance Off.” His “opponent” for the dance off is none other than Santino Marella. Santino makes his way to the ring to a decent pop.
Santino gets to the ring and tells “Fandingo” he wants no part of Santino in a dance competition. He says maybe the WWE Universe would like to see a dance off between “Summer Day” and a member of the audience. Santino chooses NXT Diva Emma. Emma comes into the ring with her sign. Santino tells Summer Rae to go first. Fandango’s music plays as Summer dances around.
The music stops and Santino tells us to feast our eyes on the swirling hips and fantastic manauvers of Emma. Some hokey music plays and Emma dances badly. The music stops and Santino says he will poll the audience. He mentions Summer Day and the fans boo. He mentions Emma and the fans cheer. Santino announces that Emma is the winner. The hokey music plays again and Santino and Emma hop around.
Sheamus vs. Curtis Axel
Sheamus makes his way to the ring to a big pop. As he continues his entrance, we head to a commercial. When we return from commercial, Sheamus is still in the ring with his music playing. Out comes Curtis Axel, accompanied by Ryback. It appears as though we’re getting a one-on-one match between Sheamus and Axel.
As the bell sounds to make this one official, the fans in Omaha break out in a loud “Goldberg” chant, which is obviously directed at Ryback. As Axel and Sheamus lock up, the crowd breaks out into another loud “CM Punk” chant. Meanwhile, Sheamus takes Axel down with a headlock. Axel finally gets a couple of shots in on Sheamus in the corner. Moments later, Sheamus is back in control, beating Axel with power moves.
Sheamus knocks Axel out to the floor. Sheamus goes out after him as we see Ryback looking on. Sheamus bashes Axel face-first into the announce table and then rolls him back in the ring. Axel finally gets back in control of the offense after throwing Sheamus shoulder-first into the ring post. As Axel continues his beat down of Sheamus, another loud “CM Punk” chant breaks out. Sheamus finally starts fighting back, pummeling Axel with punches in the corner.
Sheamus goes for his White Noise move but Axel escapes it. Sheamus slams Axel down. Sheamus nails Axel with the Brogue Kick. 1-2-3. Sheamus wins.
Batista Coming Up Next
We see Batista backstage making his way to the ring. As he gets closer to the entrance way, we head to a commercial break. Michael Cole informs us that the Royal Rumble winner will address the WWE Universe next. We head to another break.