Alberto Del Rio gets a shot to take back his world title. (Photo from WWE.com)
Winner: Alberto Del Rio via submission (cross armbreaker)
An overeager referee deflated the drama of a potentially excellent match.
Zeb Colter opened with another borderline racist promo saying that the St. Louis baseball team should be called the Caribbean Cardinals.
Once that heat was churned up, Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio got to work. The kendo stick was pulled out early and became a prominent figure in the match. Swagger used it to beat on Del Rio's ankle and his chest. Del Rio later got revenge and whipped Swagger in the back with it.
Swagger's intensity throbbed, in his eyes and in his offense.
He slammed Del Rio down viciously and at one point gave him such a realistic punch, it looked like he might have concussed Del Rio a la Dolph Ziggler.
A small cut opened up on Swagger's shoulder and he made the most of it by licking his own blood.
The drama never got a chance to swell, though, as the referee asked both men if they wanted to quit too early and too frequently. Someone would get hit with a clothesline and then be asked if they wanted to quit.
A regular Joe could possibly call it quits after a basic move, but there's no way it would happen here. This took away from the flow of the match in a major way.
Swagger caught Del Rio in the Patriot lock and Del Rio writhed dramatically. He tugged at Swagger's knee pads and reached out in desperation. Ricardo Rodriguez thought about tossing in the towel, but didn't. Once the ref's back was turned, Colter threw it in for him.
Swagger was awarded the victory, but the finish ended up being a false one. A look at the instant replay inspired the referee to restart the match. It didn't go on much longer before Swagger gave up thanks to the pain of the cross armbreaker.
Del Rio moves on to face Ziggler for the World title. Will it be during an episode of WWE Raw or do we have to wait until Payback?