Ryder comes out to join Steamboat to a huge pop! Richie and Zack slap hands and walk down the ramp with smiles on their faces.
They acknowledge the fans and enter the ring
Next, Christian and Slater come out to big heat. They both look focused and run straight to the ring. Christian stares down Richie as Zack & Heath start arguing. The referee pulls Heath & Richie away and Christian starts with Zack Ryder.
Christian and Ryder lock up. Christian hits a knee to the gut and then a punch to Ryder’s face before sending him down with a dropkick. He grabs Zack in a headlock, but Zack breaks out pretty quickly and builds some momentum. He nails Christian with two right hands and then hits a swinging neckbreaker.
Zack tags in Richie, who unleashes kicks on Christian. He goes for the cover but gets only a two count. He then hits a legdrop and tries the cover once again, but only gets a count of one. He tags in Ryder again and they hit a double-team move, connecting with frog splashes from the top rope. Heath looks worried on the apron and begs Christian to tag him.
Matthews: “Christian has been beaten up so far! Richie & Zack are working well as a team.”
Striker: “I know. No wonder Heath isn’t too happy; his partner has been isolated by the team of Richie & Zack!”
Christian tries to reach Heath for the tag, but Zack drags him into the centre of the ring and locks in a Boston crab! Christian looks in a lot of pain. Just before he taps out, Heath runs in and kicks the back of Ryder’s head before rolling out of the ring.
Zack releases the hold and goes after him, but he runs into a spinning spinebuster from Slater. Slater taunts the crowd before sending Zack back into the ring. Christian is up and hits a leg drop on Zack. He picks Zack up, hits the flashpoint and tags in the fresh Slater.
Slater grabs Ryder and props him up in the corner. Heath runs and dropkicks Zack into the turnbuckle! He picks up Ryder, puts him in the corner again and hits a running leg lariat that stuns Zack. He stumbles out into a huge powerslam from Slater, who only gets a two-count.
He drags Ryder up again, hits a DDT and taunts the crowd. He signals that he’s looking for E-Minor, but Zack ducks it and hits Slater with the Rough Ryder! Both men are down.
Matthews: “If Zack can get the tag, this could be the turning point in the match.”
Striker: “Zack caught Slater by surprise with that Rough Ryder. This match could go either way now!”
Christian distracts the ref and enters the ring, kicking Ryder’s head. He laughs at Richie and passes something to Heath and gets out of the ring before the ref turns round. Richie runs at Christian and hits a diving cross-body from the ring apron!
He gets up and drags Christian to his feet. He tries to hit a DDT/neckbreaker move on him but Christian wriggles free and runs to the back. Richie chases him.
With the ref distracted by the action on the outside, Heath hits a low blow on Ryder. He doesn’t fall, but Heath places something in his hand and he nails Ryder in the head with it.
Matthews: “Oh my God! Heath just used brass knucks on Ryder! This isn’t fair!’
Striker: “It doesn’t matter, Josh. The referee didn’t see it!”
Heath throws the brass knucks to the outside and pins Ryder to get the three-count.
Winners: Christian and Heath Slater
After the match, Christian’s standing at the top of the ramp and laughs as he holds the LHC belt. Heath taunts the crowd and makes his way up the ramp towards Christian. Ryder is down in the ring. Richie runs back to check on him as Christian celebrates with Heath at the top of the ramp.