-MVP is out with Bobby Lashley and Kenny King behind him. The crowd is not happy to see him, and he goes on about being in the hospital, but sacrificing his health to be there “for the fans”. He runs down Texas for not treating him fairly, and announces the change to tonight’s main event title match. Kenny King says the three of them are champions, unlike the Dallas Cowboys. MVP mocks the “Joe is gonna kill you” chant, and tells Samoa Joe he’s going to go from predator to prey.
Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe
Joe comes out swinging with right hands, but Lashley sets up in a 3-point stance and runs his shoulder into his opponent’s gut. Joe fires back with rights and lefts, tosses him with an Irish whip, but Lashley clears him and hits a big clothesline. Joe with rapid-fire jabs and several face-washes in the corner until the referee cuts him off. He backs up for a big boot, but Bobby ditches to the outside to catch his breath. Joe doesn’t wait, and dives through the ropes to take him out. Lashley kicks the air, realizes his mistake, then actually lands a kick that puts him in control. They roll back into the ring and he hits a spinning beckbreaker for a nearfall. He starts dropping elbows and the fans boo him. Joe starts throwing right hands, but Lashley rakes the eyes and gets a vertical snap suplex for two. Lashley runs into the corner but Joe counters with the S-T-Joe. They brawl up to the top ropes and Joe tries for a Muscle Buster; Bobby fights back. Joe almost runs into the referee, pauses to check on him, and turns around into a spear. 1-2-3.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
KILLAM: Nothing bad here – save for Lashley kicking the air – but nothing extraordinary either. I’m not crazy about the finish; it either makes Joe look stupid, or puts the loss on him caring too much about Earl Hebner and not being focussed on the title.
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