Alberto Del Rio took on Dolph Ziggler once more and the two put on a compelling show, though the headlines will be about Ziggler's girlfriend and bodyguard turning on him.
Ziggler broke up with AJ backstage, and he had to know that move would end in disaster.
The crowd roared in support of him as he nailed the world champ with 10 consecutive elbows and fought valiantly even after Del Rio hurled him outside the ring. After that crash, Ziggler's leg seemed wobbly and his punches looked less powerful.
Both he and Del Rio were drained, running on empty after two hard-fought nights in a row.
Ziggler had just enough to lift himself out of a Tree of Woe and soon looked to be on his way to getting a victory when AJ Lee rang the ring bell. Ziggler looked up confused, and Del Rio took advantage by kicking him in the back of the head.
As Ziggler shouted at his recent ex, Big E Langston charged in and clobbered The Show-Off. Angering a crazy chick clearly has its consequences.
WWE has done an excellent job in highlighting the pain and frustration Ziggler has felt about getting so close to redemption.
Del Rio gets a pinfall victory.
Del Rio and Ziggler give a great match, which is followed by some intriguing drama between Ziggler and his posse.
Ziggler and Big E Langston will battle at SummerSlam, leaving the world title scene open.