SANTINO MARELLA VS. THE MIZ FOR THE U.S. TITLE
Marella won a quick match clean with the cobra after Miz missed a charge into the corner. Not much to it at all. Miz opened with a long promo complaining about how last year he was in the main event at Extreme Rules, and he was the guy who won the match at Mania to give John Laurinaitis all his power, yet he's stuck in a pre-show match.
There was a huge "Si" chant when the Spanish announce team came out.
RANDY ORTON VS. KANE FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE
Orton won with an RKO on a chair. They worked it like a main event match even though it was the opener. A lot like a TNA title match when Jeff Jarrett was champion with several minutes of brawling outside the ring, and in this case, they even went backstage. At one point Zack Ryder backstage attacked Kane but Kane totally no sold him. Pipe and chair shots and tons of near falls both in and outside the ring. If indie guys did this exact same match everyone would be laughing at how they don't know how to work, but when WWE guys do it, and the crowd pops for the same multiple chair shots and guys are back on offense ten seconds after multiple pipe shots, they do know how to work. Overall it worked for what it was supposed to be but it was a lot for an opener.
Eve Torres brought out Teddy Long with a name card that read, "Hello, my name is Teddy." Long had to pour champagne for both Torres and John Laurinaiis. Laurinaitis said after eight years, with Brock Lesnar back, WWE finally has some credibility. They teased that HHH would be showing up before the end of the show.
BRODUS CLAY VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER
Short match with Clay winning with a splash after Clay knocked Jack Swagger off the apron. Clay, the women and Hornswoggle danced after. The crowd was slightly booing Clay late, particularly when they figured out he was going to beat Ziggler. But a lot of cheers for him as well. Your basic TV match.
BIG SHOW VS. CODY RHODES IN A TABLES MATCH FOR THE IC TITLE
You know what is funny, but on the T-shirt for the show they've been selling, Show vs. Rhodes was listed as a tables match but it was determined by a spin of the wheel. It's almost like the wheel is fixed or something.
Total nothing match. Show was on the apron and Rhodes dropkicked him. Show accidentally stepped on a table set up near the apron and Show stepped on the table which broke. Even though the rule used to be you had to put a guy through a table, it was ruled a title change. Really bad finish.
After the match, Show attacked him with a clotheslie, choke slammed him through one table, and press-lsamed Rhodes and threw him over the top rope and Rhodes went through another table.
Show is not starting out good so far, but this was always a three-match show.
Matt Striker interviewed Daniel Bryan. He said teachers like Striker are why our education system. Bryan said the Chicago crowd is overrated and unoriginal. They wanted to make sure he didn't get cheered. He started doing the Yes, Yes, Yes and the crowd did it. A.J. was hiding and stalking Bryan.
SHEAMUS VS. DANIEL BRYAN 2/3 FALLS FOR THE WORLD TITLE
Sheamus retained the title in a very good match. The first fall Sheamus missed a charge into the post and Bryan kept throwing his shoudler into the post and kicking the shoudler over and over. Sheamus was in the ropes and Bryan kept kicking it until he was disqualified. But Sheamus was selling the left shoulder big. Second fall saw Bryan use the Yes lock over and over until Sheamus finally passed out and it was stopped by the referee. They teased the doctor stopping the match before the third fall started. But Sheamus came back and won the third fall clean with the Brogue kick. Crowd was mixed, neither guy was really a face or heel to the live crowd.
AARON RELIC & JAY HATTON VS. RYBACK
Aaron Relic doing the promo. He looked 5-4 and and 145 pounds. The other guy kept saying how two was better than one over and over until the people got sick of them. Marella and Khali were watching and laughing. Fans were chanting "Goldberg" during the match. Ryback no selling him and powerslammed him and threw him into the corner and made him tag Hatton. Sick clothesline on Hatton. Loud "Goldberg" chants. Samoan drop and pin on Hatton. He then put one on top of the other and pinned both.
C.M. Punk interview.
C.M. PUNK VS. CHRIS JERICHO IN A CHICAGO STREET FIGHT FOR WWE TITLE
Long match ending with Punk getting out of Jericho's attempt at GTS, then Punk catapulting Jericho into a turnbuckle that Jericho had exposed. Then the GTS and pin. Crowd was into it a lot at the end, but there were points the crowd wasn't into it and some sloppy spots. They did a ton of stuff, with highlights that included Punk's sister slapping Jericho (which really picked the crowd up), Punk using a fire extinguisher gunk to the face to break the Walls of Jericho and Jericho using a series of kendo stick shots to the head to break it.
Eve Torres said Beth Phoenix wasn't medically cleared for tonight. Didn't they alerady annoucne sh was medically cleared. Phoenix said as soon as she's cleared she's getting the belt. Eve said we promised the people a title match and the twins asked who the opponent. is. Don't worry, it's not Kharma she told her.
NIKKI BELLA VS. LAYLA FOR THE DIVAS TITLE FOR THE DIVAS TITLE
Layla won the title when the twins switched. Brie tried for the facebuster, but Layla used a hangman's neckbreaker for the pin. Unreal that they'd change a storyline and come up with something so dead because it got out. Total nothing that people didn't care about. Layla did some cool stuff but people didn't care and it's hard to have a good match with Nikki.
JOHN CENA VS. BROCK LESNAR EXTREME RULES MATCH
The match was freaking awesome but can you believe it, they had Cena win with the AA on the ring steps and a pin. Lesnar took Cena down and busted him up hardway with vicious elbows. This was probably the most believable and compelling WWE main event in years. They stopped the match a couple of times to try and close up the cut on Cena. Super stiff like a fight, Cena took unreal punishment. The crowd was cheering Cena by the end because of how brutal a beating he took. Lesnar did these Kimuras over and over. There were two ref bumps, the second which was kind of cheesy. The finish saw Lesnar throw the steps in the ring and springboarded into a tackle and both tumbled to the floor. Cena came back and grabbed his chain and Lesnar did a springboard into a Cena chain shot. Lesnar
was busted over the left eye hardway.
Lesnar left the ring. Cena said he's headed home, I know this is C.M. Punk's town but this is a wrestling town. Tonight you people people were supposed to see the extrme,I have no left arm, tasting my own blood and proud it's in Chicago. All of us, good guys bad guys, big guys small guys, who do everything I can, said he's going away for a while. If I'm going out I wouldn't want to do it any other way.
Cena has been all banged up for months and it looks like they are giving him time off. Maybe he's doing The Marine.