Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA – Sunday, January 31, 2010
Michael Cole, Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Matt Striker are on commentary.
MATCH #1: ECW Championship Match – Christian vs. Ezekiel Jackson
Christian has been the Champion since 7.26.09, and this is his eighth defense. Jackson is accompanied by William Regal. The big man from Guyana immediately tries to assert his power advantage, but the wily veteran Christian is able to thwart him and use his agility to take the advantage. They continue to go back and forth in the early going, both men using their best attributes to their advantage. Regal tries to interfere on Jackson’s behalf but the referee catches him and sends him to the back! Now Jackson is all alone, but it doesn’t seem to affect him, as he whips Christian into the steps. Back in the ring Jackson covers for two. Jackson keeps Christian grounded and wears him down with strikes and slams. He goes up for a superplex but Christian fights him off and hits a flying back elbow. Christian goes up to the second rope to hit a dropkick, and that gets two. He takes Jackson down and goes for the diving headbutt but Jackson avoids it. Jackson clobbers Christian with a clothesline for a two-count. Jackson hits a backbreaker for another near-fall. Christian comes back with a nice tornado DDT for a two-count. Jackson gets up and once again hits a clothesline for two. A series of counters ends with Christian putting on a Sleeper, which Jackson counters to an Oklahoma Stampede, which Christian re-counters to the Killswitch to get the pin at 12:01. That was a pretty decent big man versus little man match, especially given Jackson’s limitations. Christian is definitely the right kind of guy to make someone like Jackson look good, and thus make himself look good for being resourceful enough to score the pin.
MATCH #2: United States Championship Match – The Miz vs. MVP
Miz has been the Champion since 10.5.09, and this is his fifth defense. MVP takes the early control, as the Champion is still taken off-guard by this impromptu title defense. They spill to the floor and MVP continues to control the action. Back in the ring, Miz is able to kick MVP to the apron and then knock him down to the floor. That gives Miz the advantage and the crafty Champion is happy to take it. Miz wears MVP down for a few minutes. Eventually MVP fights back, creates separation, builds momentum, all that good stuff. MVP hits the Ballin’ Elbow and goes for the Playmaker but can’t hit it. He has to settle for a Yakuza Kick for a two-count. Miz rolls to the apron and snaps MVP’s neck off the top rope. Back in the ring Miz misses a knee lift and MVP hits the POUNCE for a two-count. MVP misses the Driveby and Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale but MVP counters that to a victory roll for two. The challenger tries a backslide and a jackknife pin but still can’t get the pin. Miz rolls to the floor. MVP throws him back in the ring, and when he gets back in Miz scores an inside cradle to get the pin at 7:31. That was a pretty standard RAW match that somehow found its way to pay-per-view.
After the match, Miz taunts MVP pretty harshly, so the sore loser kicks Miz in the gut and hits the Playmaker. That’s a pretty terrible example set by MVP, since he talked tons of trash to the Miz and then lost completely clean because he got outsmarted.
MATCH #3: WWE Championship Match – Sheamus vs. Randy Orton
Sheamus has been the Champion since 12.13.09, and this is his second defense. They start off a little slowly and Orton takes the first powder. Sheamus follows him out and they brawl on the floor. The Champ goes after Orton’s arm, which is good strategy because it neutralizes a number of Orton’s finishing moves. Orton responds by going after the legs. Momentum shifts back and forth a number of times as both men try to establish dominance. Orton hasn’t officially turned babyface yet, but the crowd is chanting pretty loudly for him. Sheamus takes the first sustained advantage, and cuts off an Orton comeback attempt with the Irish Curse backbreaker for two. He goes for the Celtic Cross but Orton slips out and kicks Sheamus to the floor. That gives Orton the opportunity to hit the Rope-hung DDT for two. Orton signals for the Punt but Sheamus wisely avoids it by going to the floor. The Champion is not safe though, as Orton follows him out. Sheamus is able to shove Orton into the ring post twice. He throws Orton back in the ring and Cody Rhodes hops the security rail and attacks Sheamus from behind. Rhodes does no real damage, but the referee argues with Rhodes so he doesn’t call for the bell right away. Orton hits the RKO and covers, but NOW the referee can ring the bell, giving the win to Sheamus at 12:25. These two did not have very good chemistry, and the finish came off as extremely awkward and lame. That makes Sheamus look horrible. I mean people get paid to come up with finishes like that, it blows my mind.
After the match, Rhodes tries to explain himself (“I didn’t know attacking Sheamus in front of the referee would be a disqualification” is a pretty flimsy story), and Orton attacks him. Ted DiBiase comes out and tries to break them up, so Orton beats him up too. That gives Sheamus the chance to hit a Brogue Kick before taking off. So Orton is officially a babyface now, and we just needed a really dull match to get there. Weak, weak stuff.
MATCH #4: Women’s Championship Match – Michelle McCool vs. Mickie James
McCool has been the Champion since 6.28.09, and this is her fifth defense. She talks a lot of trash before the match, thinking that James isn’t showing up. Layla comes out in the fat suit again as Piggy James. Then the real Mickie James’ music hits, and the woman herself is here! James takes Layla down with a Thesz Press and hurls her into the guardrail. She gets in the ring and Layla tries to interfere but James avoids it and McCool kicks Layla! James then hits the Mickie-DT to get the pin and win the title at a brisk 0:23! Obviously not much of a match there, but Lay-Cool needed to get their comeuppance and their uppance did come here.
The babyface Diva locker room empties, and they throw cakes in Lay-Cools’ faces. See, all those people complained that McCool and Layla called Mickie James fat, but Mickie was portrayed as the virtuous babyface who overcame the heels in the end and gave them a taste of their own medicine. Heels say mean things, babyfaces beat them up – that’s kind of how wrestling works.
MATCH #5: World Heavyweight Championship Match – Undertaker vs. Rey Mysterio
Undertaker has been the Champion since 10.4.09, and this is his sixth defense. Mysterio beat Batista in a Steel Cage Match to earn this title shot. The challenger tries to stick and move from the get-go, which is probably his best bet. Of course Undertaker fights right back with his power and dumps Mysterio to the floor. Mysterio tries to springboard back in but Undertaker cuts him out of the air with a right hand. The Champion follows with the legdrop on the apron. Back in the ring Undertaker tries the Chokeslam but Mysterio avoids it and tries the 619. Undertaker catches Mysterio and goes for the Tombstone but Mysterio knees his way out of it. Mysterio tries a cross body and Undertaker boots him out of the air. Outside the ring Mysterio catches a lucky break and goes after the leg. Undertaker tires a Last Ride but Mysterio gets to the apron and takes Undertaker out with an Asai Moonsault. Back in the ring Undertaker reclaims control, wearing Mysterio down. After several minutes Mysterio hits a jawbreaker and catches Undertaker running into the corner with a boot. Mysterio follows with a Scorpion Death Drop, a basement dropkick, and then Drops the Dime for a two-count. Undertaker cuts him off with a vicious clothesline. He goes for the Last Ride but Mysterio slips out and this time connects on the 619. Mysterio follows with a missile dropkick to the back, and that puts him in perfect position to hit another 619. He goes for the West Coast Pop but Undertaker catches him and hits the Last Ride for the pin at 11:09. That was great stuff and I feel like people don’t give that match all it deserves. This was how to book a big babyface versus a little babyface perfectly, and both guys pulled it off. Mysterio looked like he had a fighting chance when he really didn’t, and Undertaker just had too much for him. I love it.
MATCH #6: 30 Man Royal Rumble Match
Dolph Ziggler picked up #1, and Evan Bourne drew #2. They start off fast and furious, fitting for two men with something to prove. Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag but can’t score an elimination yet. Bourne takes Ziggler down and hits the Air Bourne, just as CM Punk (with Serena) comes out at #3. Punk quickly eliminates both of them, and then takes the microphone to cut a promo. Next up is JTG at #4, and he is fired up on Punk for sure. JTG doesn’t last long, and Punk continues his promo. The giant Great Khali is next at #5. Punk tries to recruit him for his stable, but Khali chops his head and then locks on the vise. Beth Phoenix’s music hits and she’s #6. Khali sets her on the apron. Phoenix plants a lip lock on Khali and is able to pull him to the floor! She then goes after Punk and puts him on her shoulders but Punk slips out and drills her with Go 2 Sleep. Zack Ryder is #7, and Punk briefly talks on the mic again but dumping Long Island Iced Z to the floor. Punk gets on the mic and brags some more, but the talking is done when Triple H is revealed as #8! Triple H and Punk stare each other down before the fight begins. HHH takes advantage, and Drew McIntyre is out at #9. A series of reversals ends with HHH throwing Punk out. That’s a bit of a bummer, Punk was owning that Rumble. Next up at #10 is Ted DiBiase. McIntyre’s arch rival, John Morrison is #11, making his fifth Rumble appearance. Offense continues coming from all four men in the ring, and Kane makes his twelfth Rumble appearance (tied with Shawn Michaels for most all-time) at #12. Kane dominates everyone with his power, and Rhodes comes out with lucky #13. Morrison tries a springboard move and Rhodes cuts him out of the air with a dropkick. Next up is sore loser MVP at #14. The Miz runs out and ambushes MVP with the U.S. Title belt as payback for earlier. We reach the halfway point with Carlito at #15.
Carlito actually gets to hit a series of Backstabbers, even one on Triple H. United States Champion The Miz is #16, and he puts a stop to that with a Skull Crushing Finale. Then MVP rushes out and clotheslines Miz to the floor, also tumbling out himself. Good old fashioned booking there. Next up is Matt Hardy at #17. Hardy hits McIntyre with the Twist of Fate and nails Rhodes with the Side Effect. Kane then dumps Hardy out, and HHH dumps Kane! I thought Kane would go longer. HHH starts throwing Spinebusters around, and The Game is standing tall. He goes for a Pedigree on Rhodes, but McIntyre breaks it up. Next out is Shawn Michaels! He’s #18, the same position he won from in 1996. Michaels immediately eliminates Carlito, and then dumps Rhodes and DiBiase out. Morrison is next to go, as HBK is on a mission from God. D-X then join forces to clothesline McIntyre out. We’re down to just HBK and HHH now, but John Cena breaks that up when he comes out at #19. This should be interesting. Cena charges in and takes both Michaels and HHH off their feet, and hits them with a simultaneous Five Knuckle Shuffle! He tries to eliminate Michaels but HHH breaks that up. HHH hits Cena with a Pedigree, and then Michaels Superkicks HHH to the floor! That’s awesome. Shelton Benjamin is next out at #20. Benjamin hits Michaels with Paydirt, and goes for it on Cena as well but Cena heaves him to the floor. The energetic Yoshi Tatsu is #21. Tatsu actually gets a couple of moves in before Cena dumps him out. The one and only Big Show is entrant #22. Cena and Michaels wisely try working together to eliminate him but they cannot yet. The match gets even bigger at #23 when Mark Henry makes his way out. Henry and Show square off but no eliminations come from it. Chris Masters is next at #24. Show quickly puts Masters out to the floor. Henry and Show struggle with each other by the ropes, and #25 R-Truth takes advantage by dumping them both out. That’s huge, no pun intended. Truth is a house afire on both Cena and Michaels, Jack Swagger is #26, making his Rumble debut. Kofi Kingston is out at #27. Kingston is able to take Swagger out, and then he creatively eliminates Truth. Chris Jericho is next at #28. Cena eliminates Kingston. From out of nowhere, EDGE is #29! The crowd explodes, as this is a surprise return from injury. Edge immediately eliminates his former partner Jericho, who had been talking trash about him for months. He hits Michaels with the Edgecution. Batista completes the field at #30, and we now have our final four – Shawn Michaels, John Cena, Edge, and Batista, arguably the best final four ever.
Batista starts slamming everything in sight, and he is all kinds of fired up. Edge cuts him off with a Spear. Cena hits Edge with the Attitude Adjustment. Michaels gets to his feet and looks to be in the best shape. He hits Cena with Sweet Chin Music, and then levels Batista with it as well. Edge tries to eliminate Michaels and they both wind up on the apron. Michaels Superkicks Edge back into the ring, and then Batista knocks Michaels off the apron! The crowd’s reaction was amazing, as they had built up what winning the Rumble meant to Shawn so well. Michaels looks heartbroken, knowing he doesn’t get his shot at the Undertaker now. He throws a fit, taking out a referee, and then Superkicking referee Charles Robinson! The devastation on his face is great, and really helps tell his story. Meanwhile, we have three men left. Batista charges at Cena and Cena pulls the ropes down to elimiante the Animal! We’re down to two. It doesn’t take long, as Cena charges at Edge, who sidesteps him and hurls him to the floor to win the Rumble at 49:24! This is a hell of a Rumble match, with Punk being awesome in the beginning, the Shawn Michaels saga, the huge return of Edge, good midcard stuff like Miz and MVP, and no real dead time. It’s not quite as good as 1992, but it’s definitely in the top five, probably top three.
Royal Rumble Trivia
Longest Lasting Superstar in the Ring: John Cena, 22 minutes
Superstar With Most Eliminations: Shawn Michaels, 5½
Royal Rumble Rookies: Beth Phoenix, Drew McIntyre, Evan Bourne, Jack Swagger, Yoshi Tatsu, and Zack Ryder
Monday Night RAW: Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH – Monday, January 25, 2010
Michael Cole and Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler are on commentary.
MATCH #1: D-Generation X vs. Legacy
Shawn Michaels and Triple H are the Unified Tag Team Champions, but the titles are not on the line here. Cody Rhodes and HHH start the match. Just guess how that goes. Legacy take a powder and we go to commercial break. When we come back Michaels gets the tag and he unloads on Rhodes. Michaels is flying all over the place and Legacy has to use some nefarious tactics to gain control. Rhodes and DiBiase tag in and out frequently to keep a fresh man in the ring while they wear Michaels down. Eventually Michaels makes the hot tag and HHH is all over DiBiase, hitting the High Knee. HHH goes for the Pedigree and Michaels tags himself in. The best friends stare each other down and Rhodes pushes HHH into Michaels. Despite not being on the same page, Michaels hits DiBise with Sweet Chin Music to get the pin at 7:02 (shown). This was a fine little match that was used more to show some dissension amongst D-X than anything else. It worked in that sense, but sure didn’t do any favors for Rhodes or DiBiase.
MATCH #2: MVP vs. Big Show
MVP tries using his quickness against the World’s Largest Athlete. That goes just about nowhere and Show starts to dominate. Show misses a charge in the corner and MVP capitalizes, hitting a facebuster and the Driveby. MVP charges in and Show reaches out and catches him with the Chokeslam to get the pin at 1:02. I’m not sure how that helps MVP’s feud with The Miz, but this was definitely a match that happened.
MATCH #3: WWE Divas Title Tournament Semifinal Match – Eve Torres vs. Maryse
Eve beat Katie Lea in the quarterfinal round, while Maryse defeated Brie Bella. Maryse is very cocky in the early going, as she normally is. Eve catches her with a dropkick for a two-count. She follows with a somersault senton for another near-fall. Eve continues to put the pressure on, slamming Maryse and going for a moonsault. Unfortunately for Eve, Maryse rolls out of the way. Maryse tries the French Kiss but Eve counters with a Northern Lights Suplex for two. Eve tries to follow up but Maryse cuts her off and hits the French Kiss for the win at 2:06. That was too short to get bad, and they worked some nice moves in there.
MATCH #4: Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz
Miz is the United States Champion, but the title is not on the line here. They take it down to the mat at the start and Kingston controls. Kingston uses his speed and agility to keep Miz off-guard. Miz cuts him off with a kick to the face. The United States Champion keeps Kingston on the mat and wears him down. Kingston avoids a charge in the corner and kicks Miz in the face. Kingston goes up and hits Shadows over Hell for a near-fall. He tries to follow up but Miz grabs him and hits the Reality Check for two. MVP’s music hits and the Number One Contender comes out do distract the Champion. Kingston hits Trouble in Paradise to get the pin at 3:40. They did about as much as they could do with less than four minutes to work with. I hate that finish so hard though.
MATCH #5: WWE Divas Title Tournament Semifinal Match – Gail Kim vs. Alicia Fox
Gail Kim got by Jilian in the quarterfinal, while Alicia Fox beat Kelly Kelly. They waste no time tearing into each other. Fox scores the first knockdown and Kim responds with a monkey flip. Kim sort of hits a reverse rana, and she continues to press the advantage. Fox cuts her off and uses her size and strength advantage to try and subdue Kim. She hits the tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two-count. Fox misses a charge in the corner and Kim hits a snap powerslam for two. Fox uses a small pacakge for a near-fall. She goes for a powerslam but Kim counters and hits Eat Defeat to score the pin at an exhausting 1:57. That was everything it could have been in less than two minutes. And they wonder why people don’t care about the Divas?
MATCH #6: John Cena vs. Sheamus
Sheamus is the WWE Champion, but the title is not on the line here. They start cautiously, as both men have a lot on the line Sunday at the pay-per-view. Cena strikes first and starts building momentum, hitting the bulldog for two. Sheamus fights back and starts unloading on Cena with heavy strikes. Cena responds with the Fisherman Suplex for a near-fall. Sheamus cuts him off with a clothesline. The Champion continues to throw Cena around but can’t put him away yet. Sheamus knocks Cena to the floor, and when Cena comes back in Sheamus plants him with a DDT for a near-fall. He follows up with a powerslam for another two-count. Cena tries to put on the STF but Sheamus kicks him to the floor. Sheamus goes out and whips Cena into the steps. Cena barely makes it back to the ring before the count of 10. He is energized now and begins hitting Moves of Doom. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and goes for the Attitude Adjustment. Sheamus counters with the Irish Curse for a two-count. Cena locks on the STF and Sheamus reaches the ropes. They go to the floor and Sheamus hits a devastating Brogue Kick. While Sheamus is waiting for Cena to get counted out, Randy Orton sneaks into the ring and hits Sheamus with an RKO for the disqualification at 9:49. That was a fine back-and-forth between two guys who have had pretty lackluster PPV matches. The finish was dumb, but I can see why they wouldn’t want either guy to lose going into the Rumble.
Orton tries to hit Cena with the Rope-hung DDT but Cena escapes it and hits the Attitude Adjustment, just to show Orton who the boss is. Cena stands tall to end the show.
Friday Night SmackDown: US Bank Arena – Cincinnati, OH – Friday, January 29, 2010
Todd Grisham and Matt Striker are on commentary.
We’re supposed to have D-Generation X defending the Unified Tag Team Titles against CM Punk and Luke Gallows to open the show, but Rey Mysterio comes out to interrupt. Mysterio is annoyed that Michaels is so certain that he’s going to win the Royal Rumble and face the Undertaker at WrestleMania. Well Mysterio has a shot at the title on Sunday, and he feels that Michaels is overlooking him. Triple H and Michaels are pretty annoyed with Mysterio interrupting them. Fightin’ words are uttered, and then The Straight Edge Society comes out. CM Punk, Luke Gallows, and Serena are all here tonight. Punk talks about being straight edge, and Triple H mocks him. Things get heated, so Teddy Long comes out to make some matches. He takes Punk and Gallows’ title shot away, and makes Rey Mysterio versus Shawn Michaels (he says for the first time ever, but they did wrestle on the Eddie Guerrero tribute episode of RAW), and CM Punk versus Triple H.
MATCH #1: Triple H vs. CM Punk
They start with some chain wrestling and HHH uses a headlock to ground the Straight Edge Superstar. Punk fights back and tries to keep HHH off his feet. HHH goes for an early Pedigree and Punk wisely slips to the floor. Punk thinks he’s safe but HHH pulls him right back in. Even so, Punk is able to hit the springboard flying clothesline as we head to commercial. Back from the break Punk is firmly in control, wearing HHH down. HHH tries to fire up but Punk cuts him off with a spinning heel kick for two. Punk goes for a suplex but HHH reverses it to one of his own. Both men get back to their feet and Punk drills HHH with a high kick to the head for a near-fall. HHH is able to hit a desperation spinning spinebuster and both men are down again. They rise and HHH hits the Facebreaker knee smash. HHH unloads a series of punches for a two-count. He hits the High knee for another near-fall. HHH goes for the Pedigree but Punk back body drops his way out of it. Punk hits the running knee in the corner and goes for the bulldog but HHH counters with a shinbreaker. HHH puts on the Figure four leglock and Punk is writhing in pain. The babyface HHH uses the ropes for leverage, so Serena distracts the referee while Gallows breaks up the hold. That seems fair to me. Punk kicks HHH in the gut and tries Go 2 Sleep but HHH slips out and goes for the Pedigree. Serena jumps on HHH’s back for the disqualification at 9:22 (shown). These two worked well together here, and I loved this dynamic with the super heel Punk much better than their weird dueling babyface thing in 2011. HHH made Punk look pretty good, and while I didn’t care for the finish, it makes sense going into the Rumble. Good way to open the show here.
The Straight Edge Society continues to beat on Triple H after the bell, and even try to shave his head. Shawn Michaels comes to the rescue and D-X sends Gallows to the floor. Ever the man’s man, Punk uses Serena as a shield to avoid the same fate.
MATCH #2: R-Truth vs. Chris Jericho
This match is a direct result of R-Truth pinning Jericho in a tag team match last week, with John Morrison and Drew McIntyre as their respective partners. They start with some back-and-forth stuff and Truth has the advantage, sending Jericho reeling to the floor. Truth tries a House Show Dive but Jericho avoids it and Truth hits the floor hard. Time for a commercial break. When we come back Jericho is working Truth over in the ring. Jericho uses an abdominal stretch, and Truth breaks it with a hiptoss. Truth fires up now and unloads with a flurry of offense. He lands a headscissors and a leg lariat for a two-count. Jericho comes back and tries the Walls of Jericho but Truth counters to an inside cradle for a near-fall. Truth avoids the Codebreaker and uses a jackknife cradle to score another pin on Jericho at 4:56 (shown)! Jericho of course made Truth look good, and this was a solid little TV match.
MATCH #3: No Disqualification Match for the Intercontinental Championship – Drew McIntyre vs. John Morrison
McIntyre has been the Champion since 12.13.09, and this is his second defense. Morrison is the early aggressor, and he hits a nice leg lariat for a two-count. He clotheslines McIntyre to the floor, and the resourceful Champion finds a kendo stick under the ring and uses it expertly. Back in the ring McIntyre covers for two. McIntyre continues to keep Morrison on the mat, which is wise strategy. Morrison fights back with kicks and punches, sending McIntyre to the floor. McIntyre takes his belt and looks to be leaving but Morrison won’t allow it. The belt winds up in the ring so I assume that will be important later on. McIntyre takes control and the show takes a commercial break. When we come back the Champion is still in control. They spill back to the floor, where McIntyre tries to throw the steel steps at the challenger but Morrison is able to avoid them. McIntyre then clotheslines Morrison into the crowd. Morrison fights back and sends McIntyre back to ringside, and hen flies over the barricade with a big clothesline. The challenger gets his receipt with the kendo stick, but McIntyre counters with a well-placed thumb to the eye. McIntyre picks up the stick but Morrison catches him with a hiptoss onto the steel steps! That was cool. Back in the ring Morrison gets a two-count. Morrison goes for Starship Pain but McIntyre gets his knees up. McIntyre then hits Future Shock right on the title belt to get the pin and retain the title at 8:15 (shown). It’s a shame they never really did more with either of these guys, because it looked like they were on the way up the card at this point. They had great chemistry together and they worked some excellent hardcore spots into this match.
MATCH #4: Women’s Championship Match – Michelle McCool Open Challenge
McCool has been the Champion since 6.28.09, and this is her fourth defense. She is scheduled to defend the title against Mickie James at the Royal Rumble, but she thinks that after humiliating Mickie last week, she won’t show up for the title defense. So she issues an open challenge, which is answered by Layla in a fat suit, calling herself Piggy James. McCool taunts Piggy with a doughnut, and Piggie chases and gets winded. After getting helped back into the ring, Piggy tries a charge in the corner but McCool avoids it and rolls Piggy up for the pin at 0:54. I know a lot of folks on the internet got worked up over that storyline, but to me it was just whatever, heels being heels and the babyface got her comeuppance on the pay-per-view. Wrestling fans are weird sometimes in their obsessive need to be seen as decent people.
MATCH #5: Rey Mysterio vs. Shawn Michaels
Michaels starts by working a headlock, and tries to keep Mysterio grounded. He hurls Mysterio to the floor but Mysterio lands on his feet. Back in the ring Mysterio gets ready for the 619 but Michaels wisely takes a powder. The break does Michaels some good, as he gets back in the ring and takes control. They trade some signature move attempts and a Mysterio headscissors sends both men to the floor. That’s a good time for a commercial. Back from the break and Mysterio is wearing Michaels down, focusing on his legs. Michaels responds with a swinging neckbreaker. Mysterio comes back and goes for a moonsault, but Michaels knocks him down and Mysterio gets tied up in the top rope. Ouch. Michaels puts on a modified Figure four leglock and Mysterio writhes in pain. Mysterio reaches the ropes, and then catches Michaels with an enziguiri. Michaels comes back with the flying forearm and then the nip up. Mysterio cuts him off with a hurricanrana, and then a springboard seated senton for two. Michaels catches Mysterio coming off the ropes with an inverted atomic drop and a chop for a two-count. He goes for a powerslam but Mysterio counters with a Scorpion Death Drop. Mysterio goes for a springboard splash but Michaels gets his knees up. Michaels goes up and hits Hail to the King. He signals for Sweet Chin Music but Mysterio cuts him off with a spinning heel kick. That leaves Michaels prone for the 619, and Mysterio nails it. Mysterio goes for the West Coast Pop but Michaels catches him with Sweet Chin Music! Both men are down. Michaels gets up first and Batista comes in from out of nowhere and hits him with a Spear to draw the disqualification at 11:41 (shown). This was tons of fun and really could have used a finish. They did some great spots and kept the action moving. I would have loved to see this twice as long and on a pay-per-view.
Batista takes Mysterio out as well, and then goes for the Batista Bomb on Michaels. Triple H comes to the rescue, and he takes Batista over the top rope with him, foreshadowing for the Rumble. Michaels and Mysterio get back to their feet and the lights go out! When they come back on, Undertaker is in the ring! Undertaker grabs both men by the throat and Chokeslams them at the same time!