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The night where every title in the WWE is on the line, including Mark Henry attempting to erase 15 years of doubt and claim the World Title from Randy Orton and also whether its Alberto Del Rio's destiny to remain the WWE champion as he takes on John Cena.
Live from Buffalo, N.Y. Michael Cole, Booker T and Jerry Lawler welcome us and we start off with the tag team title contest.
-WWE Tag Team Championship Match, Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne (Champions) vs. R-Truth & The Miz: Nice double teaming early on by Kofi and Bourne, even hitting dueling dives off the top to the outside. Soon after Miz and Truth take over wearing down Bourne, stomping him and keeping him on the mat, before Evan makes the tag to Kofi who turns it up hitting the Boom Drop on the Miz. But after the S.O.S. Miz kicks out and he soon hits a modified diamond cutter driving Kofi's head into the mat but he kicks out. Bourne misses Air Bourne, Miz covers and Kofi makes the save, Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale but the ref is distracted by Truth. Miz pushes the ref and gets his team DQ'd. Good opening match, lousy finish. 6/10. Afterwards Miz pushes the ref then Truth comes to calm him down before hitting the ref.
-Now there's the usual anti-bullying campaign and then a lame Inside Out trailer.
-Backstage with Truth and Miz, Matt Striker interviews both and they say the ref was part of the conspiracy they keep talking about.
-WWE Intercontinental Championship Match, Cody Rhodes (Champion) vs. Ted DiBiase: After months of abuse by Cody, Ted attacked Rhodes at ringside 2 days prior on Smackdown and now we have this match. Ted takes it to Cody early on, with a side headlock and kept trying to remove Rhodes protective mask, then hit a dropkick for two. After a knee to the gut, Cody hits Ted with the mask and makes a cover for two. Rhodes then beats down Ted and trash talks him, Cody locks on an Abdominal Stretch and just wears down Ted before hits a great clothesline and a flying leg attack for two. He then hits an arm drag off the top and finally removes Cody's mask, but he gets rolled up for three and Rhodes retains. 6/10.
-Christian's music hits and he starts talking about how he deserves another shot at the winner of the World Title match tonight. He then knocks the Buffalo Bills for having never won the Super Bowl, but he has and he deserves one more match, then Sheamus' music hits. He cuts a weird promo about his uncle's lucky green..... well anyways, but he then goes on to say if Christian does win he wants the first shot, then hits a big kick and leaves the ring.
-Fatal Four Way Match for the WWE United States Championship, Dolph Ziggler (Champion)w/Vickie Guerrero vs. John Morrison vs. Jack Swagger vs. Alex Riley: The action starts off and Riley hits a splash to the outside but hits the steel steps, Morrison hits a dropkick on Dolph then a splash on Swagger. We now have the expected face/off between Dolph and Swagger, Riley hits a swinging neckbreaker for two, then gets a dropkick from Dolph who then gets a jumping kick from Morrison for two. Nice exchanges as Morrison hits a back suplex from the top on Riley, then Dolph gets nailed with an arm drag from Swagger. Morrison hits moves on each of the guys, then goes for Starship Pain but Riley counters with knees to the gut. After countering the ankle lock, Riley hits a DDT on Swagger for two, Jack hits the powerbomb on Morrison, Dolph knocks him out of the way and makes the cover for three to retain his title. 7/10.
-Josh Matthews is backstage with Mark Henry, who says he'll prove the doubters wrong tonight.
-Matt Striker talks to Vickie who says after Dolph's win everyone in the locker room is buzzing, she then kisses Striker for no reason.
-World Heavyweight Championship Match, Randy Orton (Champion) vs. Mark Henry: Almost 15 years ago to the day, Mark Henry made his WWE debut and honestly injuries had derailed his career up until recently. The crowd is flat in the early going, Orton takes down Henry and kicks at his knee and ankle, Mark comes back hitting a massive clothesline then whips him into the turnbuckles and hits a splash in the corner. Orton goes for a sleeper but Henry counters then knocks Randy over the top rope to the floor, then locks on a stretch against the ringpost working on Orton's back. Mark just beats down and wears on Randy for a few minutes, Orton comes back but is getting booed. Henry goes for the Vader Bomb but misses then Orton knocks him down and hits the DDT off the ropes, but Mark grabs the rope before the 3 count. Henry blocks the RKO, hits the World's Strongest Slam and makes the cover to win the World Title. 9/10. Josh Matthews is in the ring and Henry says he knew he would win the title and he proved the doubters wrong.
-Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo are backstage with John Laurenitis, who wishes Del Rio luck in his match. He also wishes Punk luck who says he doubts John's sincerity.
-WWE Diva's Championship Match, Kelly Kelly (Champion) w/Eve vs. Beth Phoenix w/Natalya: The crowd pops big for Beth as Buffalo is her hometown, and Kelly tries to work on Beth's head but she gets knocked down by the stronger woman. Beth just beats up Kelly, choking her against the rope, goes for the cover for two. Kelly counters and hits a facebuster, Eve attacks Natalya on the outside but Beth breaks it up and almost gets caught in a roll-up for two. Beth hits a clothesline for two and the crowd cheers big for Beth, who hits a big supersplex and both are down, Beth crawls to the cover but Kelly kicks out at 2. Beth attempts a Glam-Slam but gets rolled up for three and Kelly retains and the crowd boos big time. 7/10. Side Note: I personally feel that was a mistake as Beth should've won in her hometown.
-WWE Championship Match, Alberto Del Rio (Champion) vs. John Cena: Del Rio comes down without his car and wonders where it is, then of course Cena comes out in the car to a decent reaction. We get the usual intro from Ricardo for Del Rio, then Cena introduces himself in typical cheesy fashion. Early on Ricardo grabs Cena's leg, the ref sees it and throws him out, Del Rio comes back with a kick to the ribs and takes it to the outside. Back in the ring Alberto hits a double axe handle off the top and makes the cover for two, then locks on a neck vice. Cena comes back hitting his usual moves including a fisherman's buster out of the corner. Cena comes back but eats a clothesline for two. Now we have Cena's comeback and the usual "You Can't See Me", but Del Rio counters the AA for two and hits a kick to the back. Alberto hits a high kick off the ropes on Cena but only for two, Del Rio hits a backbreaker but he misses a shoulder block and goes shoulder first into the ring post and there's a nasty popping sound. After a bit more action Del Rio locks on the cross arm breaker, but Cena lifts him from the mat in a powerbomb move. He locks on the STF and Del Rio taps out, we have a new champ. 8/10.
-No DQ Match, Triple H vs. CM Punk, If Triple H loses he must resign as COO: Punk comes out to a big reaction and is wearing a new shirt with an ice cream bar that has his picture on it, Triple H also gets a good reaction and does his usual posing before the match, but Punk attacks him from behind and throws him over the barricade. Punk counters a pedigree attempt and hits shoulder blocks in the corner but misses a high knee and goes over the rope to the outside. Trips takes advantage and slams Punk's knee into the ring post. The match spills into the crowd and into the entrance way, both men battle through the entrance way and back to the ring and the crowd is on Punk's side. After a spinbuster Trips works on Punk's leg more slamming it into the ring post and hitting it with a chair. Punk goes for a Macho Man elbow from the top and drives Trips through the announce table. Miz and R-Truth run down and beat up both guys, but put Punk on Trips the ref counts but only for 2. Miz and Truth beat up the ref for not counting to three, then John Laurenitis comes down, Trips hits the pedigree on Punk, another ref comes down and John stops him. Punk hits the GTS but Truth breaks up the pinfall. Punk kicks out of a pedigree, Kevin Nash comes through the crowd and nails both men, Punk goes after Nash but gets the Jacknife powerbomb. Trips hits Nash with a sledgehammer on the outside, then back in the ring hits the pedigree and makes the cover to win. 10/10.
Pretty good PPV here, all the matches ended with the expected winners, though I must admit I thought Beth would win. Its worth buying on DVD.