By Dave Meltzer
Rey Mysterio vs. Kane opens the show in a No Holds Barred match.
Scores were No Holds Barred 39%, Falls Count Anywhere 35%, 2/3 falls 26%
Mysterio won with a series of chair shots, a 619 and springboard splash. Hopefully this ends the program. Decent opener, nowhere close to what you expect from a Mysterio match but nothing wrong with it.
Chris Jericho tried to recruit Ted DiBiase, Cody Rhodes and Manu to attack Batista before their match. They gave him a thumbs down.
Matt Hardy's match is up now for the ECW title. 6% for Mark Henry, 69% for Evan Bourne and 25% for Finlay.
Bourne missed a shooting star press, but Bourne used a backslide off a twist of fate attempt for a near fall. But Hardy hit the twist of fate for the pin. Good match. Crowd didn't really know how to react to it because Hardy didn't play subtle heel like a champion usually does against the underdog young babyface challenger. Apparently the terminology ban has already been changed again because Striker called them 2 athletes, 2 entertainers and 2 superstars. Striker was hilarious here ripping on Todd Grisham.
The Miz & John Morrison beat Cryme Tyme in an average match when Miz kicked Shad behind the knee and Morrison pinned Shad with the Moonlight drive.
Votes were 38% for that match, 35% for the tag title match with DiBiase & Rhodes vs. Kingston & Punk and 27% for Noble & James vs. Regal & Layla.
Jericho asked Khali to be in his corner. Ranjan Singh said, "The Great Khali says No."
Santino Marella is one week--and one year, from being the greatest IC title of "all the times." He said we were in Fee-Knox, Arizona, the has-been capital of the world. Said Randy Johnson, Shazam O'Neal (who was at ringside by the way) were has-beens who came to Phoenix to fade out. Said Matt Leinert was a never will be. Votes were 34% for Piper, 31% for Goldust and 35% for Honky. Wow, that was way closer than I expected.
That was a waste. Beth Phoenix tripped Honky at the 1:00 mark and it was a DQ finish. Even by the standards of awful, this was shockingly bad. Post-match saw Goldust and Roddy Piper come out. Goldust gave Marella the final cut, then Piper threw punches and an eye poke and finally Honky laid him out with the shake, rattle and roll.
Undertaker vs. Big Show is next. Vickie Guerrero came out and got some major heat. 9% Knockout Match, 42% I Quit 49% Last Man Standing. Vickie misspoke and thought I Quit won but then corrected herself and it's Last Man Standing.
Long match with lots of eight and nine counts. Show mostly destroyed Undertaker, who barely got up after a choke slam off the barricade through the ECW table, chair shots and finally Show hit the knockout punch and a hard chair shot to the head until Undertaker used the gogoplata and Show passed out. Both sold like they were done but Undertaker got up just before the 10 count to win. Best thing on the show so far.
Mickie James as Tomb Raider won the Halloween costume diva contest. Being that her costume wasn't nearly as revealing or sexy as several of them including Kelly Kelly, Maria, Candice Michelle as Marilyn Monroe and Michelle McCool, that indicates James is the most popular of the women on the roster right now.
HHH vs. Hardy 57%, Kozlov 5%, 38% a three-way.
Real good match. It felt like something was missing here as compared to last time out from Hardy coming out with a look on his face knowing that a singles match just wasn't the right match for right now, even though it was the best match. Hardy used every move in his arsenal but HHH kicked out of everything. Hardy escaped the pedigree a few times until finally Hardy was on the top rope and HHH grabbed him in the double underhook and brought him to the center and won with the pedigree.
Chris Jericho vs. Batista for the WWE title Orton 4%, Michaels 22%, Austin 74% as referee.
Batista won the title with a Batista bomb and Austin counted the pin. Lots of stuff happened before that including Batista accidentally shoulderblocking Austin over the top. Jericho used the codebreaker and Michaels ran in and did the world's slowest count. Batista then had Jericho pinned but JBL pulled Michaels out and clotheslined Michaels on the floor. Orton then attacked Austin. Jericho used a belt shot on Batista and Orton went to count but Batista kicked out. Austin then used a stunner on Orton and went for a stunner on Jericho, but Jericho escaped, but then Batista used a spinebuster on him to set up the Batista bomb. Also a good match. All the ref bumping and stuff, which usually weakens the match, actually made it better here. Austin and Batista ended the show pouring beer.