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16 MAN BATTLE ROYAL FOR U.S. TITLE SHOT
It came down to Zack Ryder throwing out Tensai with a huracanrana so he's faces Antonio Cesaro for the title on the PPV. Every forgotten wrestler on the roster was in it from Drew McIntyre, Michael McGillicutty, JTG, Ted DiBiase (who Matt Striker called "The Charismatic Ted DiBiase") and the guys like Santino Marella, Heath Slater, Tyson Kidd, Primo, Epico, Prime Time Players types that you'd expect.
They announced that Jerry Lawler would be going home to Memphis this week. John Layfield was brought out as the co-host.
THE MIZ VS. REY MYSTERIO VS. SIN CARA VS. CODY RHODES FOR THE IC TITLE
Miz retained the title pinning Rhodes with the Skull crushing finale. Good opener. The finish saw Sin Cara put a Sin Cara mask on Miz's face and he couldn't see. Rhodes was about to do the crossroads on Sin Cara but bumped into Miz, who had no idea what was going on, but he gave Rhodes the finale and pinned him while blinded by the mask on him.
The Prime Time Players were talking to Eve Torres about getting on the card when there was a commotion backstage and Kaitlyn was down. Somebody attacked Kaitlyn from behind and took out her ankle. Eve said she can't even walk and she's in no condition to compete. Eve said she needs medical attention and she's out of the title match. All those TV matches must have ruined it for her.
KOFI KINGSTON & R-TRUTH VS. KANE & DANIEL BRYAN FOR TAG TITLES
Kane & Bryan won the titles. They didn't get along during the match and after they started arguing over who was the tag team champions. Match was decent, they'd argue, tag each other in, etc. Finish saw Kingston go for a huracanrana off the top on Kane but Bryan held Kane's leg so Kingston took the bump into the ring. Kane was mad even though Bryan actually helped him. They started arguing and Bryan ended up knocking Kane off the top rope but he fell onto Kingston for the three count.
Eve came to Booker and Teddy Long with the news about about Kaitlyn. Booker was going to postpone the match but Teddy noted it was Night of Champions and there had to be a title match. Booker told Eve that she had earned the title match. Booker called it a reward but Teddy Long was not happy about this decision.
ANTONIO CESARO VS. ZACK RYDER FOR U.S. TITLE
Cesaro won with the neutrazlier which JBL called the Gotch neutralizer and thought it was named after Frank Gotch (it's Karl Gotch). Match was short, average, nothing wrong with it or special with it. Ryder went for the Broski boot and Aksana pulled Cesaro out of the ring. Ryder went out of the ring after her and Cesaro jumped in. When Ryder came through the ropes, Cesaro nailed him with a bolo forearm and then hit the neutralizer.
Ricardo wasn't wearing his neck brace and Alberto Del Rio and David Otunga got mad at him. Ricardo said it was hot. Story line is they are over exagerrating the injury.
RANDY ORTON VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER
I guess the TV storyline about how this match was going after the World title match changed.
Easily the best match so far with Orton winning with an RKO after flipping Ziggler off his shoulder when Ziggler had a sleeper. JBL pushed that this makes Orton a top contender for the title. Key spot earlier was Orton going for the draping DDT using the barricade. Orton could have won via count out but he threw Ziggler into the ring and Orton went for the pin. Ziggler got his foot on the ropes. The big thing is the crowd was more for Ziggler by the end. They didn't heavily boo Orton. The chants were for Ziggler and Orton was booed.
LAYLA VS. EVE TORRES FOR DIVAS TITLE
Layla missed a crossbody off the middle rope and Torres won the title with a neckbraeker. Torres turned heel midway through the match but not an overt heel. More based on JBL cheering for her and Cole (doing his old Cole personality when he worked with JBL in the past) cheering for Layla. Decently worked match.
Pushed more the Susan B. Komen foundation and intorduced breast cancer survivors in the front row and trying to get fans to donate to the cause.
Bryan was running around saying, "I'm the tag team champions" to everyone around, including A.J. and Dr. Shelby. Then Kane was running around saying, "I'm the tag team champions." Dr. Shelby and A.J. were there and A.J. screamed she spent so much money to get their problems solved, they won the tag titles and they are still at odds. Shelby got Bryan to say "Congratulations" to Kane. He asked Kane to say the same but Kane walked away. Kane came back and poured Gatorade on Bryan, Shelby and A.J. and said, "I'm going to Disneyland.
SHEAMUS VS. ALBERTO DEL RIO FOR THE WORLD TITLE
Booker T announced the Brogue kick is now legal after completing his investigation.
Sheamus won with the Brogue kick. Isn't that three straight PPVs with the same result? This was probably the best of those three matches. Sheamus missed a Brogue kick and Del Rio got the armbar once but Sheamus power bombed out. Sheamus missed a second Brogue kick and Del Rio got the armbar again. Sheamus made the ropes this time. Del Rio then missed a running enzuigiri and Sheamus hit the Brougue kick for the pin. Good match. A few light "We Want Ziggler" chants. No Ziggler tease after the match.
C.M. PUNK VS. JOHN CENA FOR THE WWE TITLE
The finish was Cena doing a German superplex and the ref counted three. Cena's music played and he was announced as the new champion. He ran around the ring celebrating. Then the ref took the belt away from Cena and told the ring announcer it was a double pin draw and Punk retained the title. After the match, Punk nailed Cena with a belt shot.
Bout itself was excellent. They went 27 minutes with Cena kicking out of two GTS's. Punk kicked out of two AA's. Cena also kicked out of a Rock Bottom and Randy Savage elbow, they went in and out of submissions. The crowd booed both guys for most of the match although clearly booed Punk less and were cheering him by the end of the match.