(2) Kofi Kingston vs. Wade Barrett
Barrett starts this match off strong, ducking under several of Kofi's strikes and taking him down with a big shoulder block. Into the corner now, Barrett throws a few closed right hands, connecting to the gut of the Champion. He backs off at the request of the referee, but goes right back to work before running into a kick from Kingston. The Champ's momentum doesn't last long however, as Barrett keeps up the size advantage, going to town with big right fists to the head and abs.
Barrett with a neckbreaker for a two-count, as Cole mentions how much he is dominating over the Intercontinental Champion in this match. Kingston tries to get some air off a springboard, but Wade knocks him down hard to the floor as we go to another commercial.
As we come back, Wade Barrett has Kofi down in a headlock on the mat. As he struggles to get free, they show clips of what happened during the break, including a big boot that nearly knocked out the Champion. Barrett with a thumb to the eye, as he continues to dismantle Kingston. Kofi gets hung up in the ropes and Barrett delivers yet another boot, sending him crashing to the outside. Barrett goes to meet him, and sends him eye-first into the edge of the steel steps, before bouning him off the announcer's table and rolling him back into the ring.
Lawler continues to mention that the referee should stop this match, as Kingston is near-lifeless. Barrett hooks in chin hold, but the fans finally rally Kingston back to life! Off the Irish whip, Barrett goes for the Winds of Change, but Kofi turns it into a roll-up and almost gets the three. For the first time the Champion fires up and delivers a series of high intensity kicks before nailing him with a dropkick. Kofi off the ropes and tries for a crossbody, but he gets caught with a huge Winds of Change sideslam. 1..2…but Kofi somehow kicks out!
Out of nowhere Kingston hits the S.O.S., but Barrett kicks out. Wade once again rakes the eyes, before deliving the Bull Hammer elbow throw for the victory over the Intercontinental Champion.
Winner: Wade Barrett
Michael Cole talks up CM Punk's championship celebration and once again go over the attack by the NXT Superstars. The bring up Brad Maddox' involvement at Hell in a Cell, and we get a video package on Maddox and his journey in WWE thus far.
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