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Michael Bennett vs. ACH
Bennett has a bandaged knee, so ACH goes right after it with kicks. Mike responds with a brutal, stiff right hand which rocks ACH, but he runs into a standing dropkick and the high flyer is right back in control. Maria sweeps his legs from the apron, causing enough of a distraction for the two men to brawl to the outside. Bennett hits a big spinebuster to the floor, and is limping around the ringside area – Maria is on commentary now and says the injury is just making her man more heated in this match.
They roll back in the ring and Bennett hits a Side Effect – shades of his new mentor Matt Hardy. He starts dancing around the ring and motions for a Twist of Fate, but ACH kicks away at the injured knee and takes him down with a dragon screw. He climbs to the top turnbuckle and comes down with a double stomp directly on the knee – OUCH! Kanellis gets up on the apron again and ACH goes after her, but runs into a superkick from Bennett. He lines up for a spear, but ACH rolls out of the way and Maria gets speared off the apron to the floor!
As Mike checks on his fiance, ACH does a senton corkscrew splash, clearing the ropes and taking both of them down. The crowd pops big for that one. ACH rolls his opponent back in the ring and tries for a 450 Splash, but Bennett rolls out of the ring and spears him out of his boots. (No, not literally) Bennett wins the match with a Dominator, which I believe is a new move to his set.
Winner: Michael Bennett
KILLAM: The injured knee – which I will ask him about in regards to its legitimacy – and Maria, as always, adding enough elements to turn an OK opener into something a bit better. I'm surprised the crowd didn't respond better to the Matt Hardy moveset. ACH is a human highlight real. You had to figure Bennett would get the win, as he needed a win over a high-flyer heading into his match with Tanahashi.
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