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WWE Fatal Four-Way PPV Results
June 20, 2010
Long Island, N.Y.
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
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This month's WWE PPV has (1) WWE champion John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Edge vs. Sheamus in a four-way WWE Title match, (2) World Hvt. champion Jack Swagger vs. C.M. Punk vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Big Show for the World Hvt. Title, (3) The Miz vs. R-Truth for the U.S. Title, (4) Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre for the IC Title, and (5) Divas champion Eve defending in a four-way title match vs. Maryse, Alicia Fox, and Gail Kim. Plus, follow-up on the NXT Invasion angle.
The WWE PPV started with a video package still trying to sell that fuzzy WWE Math on four contenders for each of the major Raw and Smackdown titles. The video was interrupted by a recap of Kane's quest to find out who put The Undertaker in a vegetative state.
Arena: Full pyro and fireworks shot off inside the building as they focused on a giant "4" as part of the entrance set. Michael Cole plugged five titles on the line tonight. Justin Roberts then welcomed out the chairman of WWE, Mr. McMahon to start the show.
On-stage: McMahon strutted out on the stage and said he hates to start the show on a somber note, but Raw GM Bret Hart will not be here tonight. McMahon fed to a video package from Monday's Raw when the NXT Rookies sent Hart around and around in a limo to inflict "physical and emotional damage" on Hart. Back live, McMahon said he's meeting with Bret Hart's representatives later tonight to determine Hart's future. McMahon said he hopes to have an update at a late time.
Cue up Drew McIntyre's theme music. McMahon paused as his chosen one, Drew McIntyre walked out on stage. McIntyre shook hands with McMahon, who gave him some instructions before McIntyre smugly walked to the ring. McMahon remained on the stage watching McIntyre all the way to the ring before they recapped the angle on Smackdown when McIntyre made Teddy Long crawl across the ring and take a three count. They cut back live where McIntyre watched the video with pleasure. McMahon was then shown walking backstage where he entered a limo. Apparently he's going to meet with Hart's representatives. The limo took off, then they cut back to McIntyre in the ring. McIntyre said he has instructions from McMahon for Teddy Long to come out here to the ring.
Long somberly walked out sans music. Long made his way to the ring as McIntyre called him a pathetic shell of a man. McIntyre said Long did the right thing collecting a paycheck for his family. He told Long to sit in the chair and watch him win back his Intercontinental Title. He told Long he'll hand it to him when it's over. Cue up Kofi Kingston's theme music to bring out the IC champion. With Kingston in the ring, Tony Chimel handled the formal ring intros as Kofi paced the ring ready to strike.
1 -- Intercontinental champion KOFI KINGSTON vs. DREW MCINTYRE -- IC Title match
Kingston aggressively went after McIntyre early on before knocking him to the outside as the announcers played up the "personal issue" between Mac and Long that has played out on Smackdown. Kingston then set up a move on the outside, but McIntyre cut him off targeting the left knee. McIntyre then picked up an aggressive attack on Kingston with control of the match. The match moved back to the floor where McIntyre wrapped Kingston's left arm around the ringpost to continue the attack. Back in the ring, McIntyre continued to dominate the contest as the announcers stressed points that painted Long as a sympathetic authority figure. McIntyre then mocked Kofi's trademark hand-clap, which drew heat. Kofi fought back from his knees, but McIntyre pounded away on his back to retain control. Kingston reached his feet, but Mac kicked him in the shoulder and landed a fallaway shoulder-yank-type maneuver for a two count.
At 7:30, Kingston suddenly came back with a floatever DDT that drew applause from the interested crowd. Long was shown ringside looking like a fan at the World Cup with his hands clasped wishing and praying for his "team." Kingston teased a comeback with kicks and punches, then he landed a Kenny Omega-style double chop. Kingston then tried a roll-up crucifix pin, but McIntyre kicked out in time. Kingston followed with a turnaround cross-body splash off the ropes, but Mac kicked out again. McIntyre proceeded to cut off Kingston, but Kingston came back with a Russian legsweep. Kofi then started marching around the ring before hitting the Boom Drop. Kingston came to his feet and started his hand clap while selling the shoulder. Mac saw the Trouble in Paradise coming and he ran backwards to avoid the move before sending Kofi head-first into the ringpost. Mac then followed with a big running boot to the head to cut off Kofi's momentum.
At 11:00, McIntyre measured Kofi to continue working him over. Kingston blocked the Future Shock, then he came off the second turnbuckle with a nice Tornado DDT. He made a cover, but McIntyre placed his foot on the bottom rope to stop the three count. Kingston then went to the corner for ten punches, but McIntyre grappled Kingston to chuck him across the ring with a powerbomb for a close two count. After a pause, they came to their feet and Kofi suddenly busted out the SOS out of nowhere. It looked good for a pin, but McIntyre slipped out before a three count. Mac and Kofi then got caught in the corner and ref Charles Robinson took the worst of it with a kick to the head. The crowd popped, thinking Teddy Long would get involved now.
They reset the match with McIntyre hitting the Future Shock. He had a cover, but there was no ref available. McIntyre had the visual three count, but Robinson was KO'ed. McIntyre then pointed to Teddy and walked out of the ring. He grabbed Teddy and threw him into the ring to make him count a three count. McIntyre then ripped off Robinson's ref t-shirt and told him to put it on. Apparently a t-shirt makes you a qualified official. Anyways, Long put the ref shirt on as McIntyre told him to hurry up. McIntyre then covered Kingston and Long counted one, two, then he paused before three. The crowd popped big for the pause.
McIntyre shot him a look and Long shook his head, "No." McIntyre got up and stared down at Long, who begged off. McIntyre said he'll drop Long if he doesn't count to three. McIntyre then went for the Future Shock again, but a suspended Matt Hardy stormed the ring and attacked McIntyre. He hit the Twist of Fate as Long nodded along. Kingston then dropped McIntyre with Trouble in Paradise and made the cover, with Long making the cover for the win. Long celebrated with Kingston as the announcers speculated on what potential repercussions there would be for Long after this.
WINNER: Kingston at 16:30 to retain the IC Title. Kingston and McIntyre had a really nice match before the "storyline portion" of the match unfolded. It was a bit over-booked for a PPV title match, but WWE did the heavy lifting on TV to make it a passable storyline-driven opening match. The crowd was hot for everything in the story, which was a good sign. Good crowd tonight. (***)
Backstage: Hart Dynasty was shown pacing around backstage. They were selling concern over Bret Hart's issue. Savannah asked them how they're going to fare in a six-person tag tonight. Natalya said they're going to make Bret proud tonight. Tyson Kidd said they get to make a name for themselves against the Usos tonight. D.H. Smith recapped Bret signing the Usos to Raw so they can achieve everything they want in WWE. Smith vowed to fight for Bret on Father's Day. Basic stuff, but effective.
2 -- Divas champion EVE TORRES vs. MARYSE vs. ALICIA FOX vs. GAIL KIM -- Divas Title match
No formal ring intros for the first four-way title match of the evening. Eve and Maryse quickly paired off against each other while Gail and Alicia battled against each other. Alicia hit a Northern Lights suplex with a bridge on Gail for a close two count, then chaos ensued with rapid fire pin attempts. Alicia then hit a spinning backbreaker on Gail before Eve smashed her with elbow strikes. Eve cleaned house before Maryse and Alicia tried to double-team her. Maryse grabbed Eve by the hair and shoved her into the corner. Suddenly, Gail and Eve slapped on simultaneous submission holds on the heel opponents.
After the submission teases, Maryse and Alicia had a disagreement that led to an exchange of forearm shots. Maryse landed a big kick on Alicia, but Eve broke up a pin attempt. Gail suddenly flew in the ring with a double dropkick on Maryse and Eve. Gail then came off the top with a double-foot dropkick on Maryse, but Eve broke up a pin. Alicia then pulled Gail to the outside and took her out of the match. Back in the ring, Eve dropped Maryse with a spinning neckbreaker and went to the corner. Eve readied and connected with a moonsault, but Alicia yanked Eve out of the ring. Alicia then made the cover on Maryse and she is the new Divas champion.
WINNER: Alicia at 5:41 to capture the Divas Title. Good, fast-paced action throughout the match. The Raw Divas were given a rare spotlight match on PPV and they delivered a pretty good match. The title switch to Alicia was surprising, though. (*1/2)
Backstage: Rey Mysterio was preparing for the World Title match in his locker room, then Big Show walked in to stare down at Rey. Rey said he's been World champ before and he plans to do it again. Show bent down and put his hand on Rey's shoulder to tell his "little son" that he's not going to hesitate to pull the trigger on the KO Punch. Rey shot back that as big as that fist is, his heart is bigger. The crowd oohed live in the arena. Rey walked off and Show smirked.
In-ring: Suddenly, Chris Jericho's music hit. He's not on the card. Jericho came out dressed to wrestle as the announcers talked about Jericho being ready to compete tonight. Cole said Jericho is still in shock that Evan Bourne kicked out of his finisher on Raw earlier this week. Lawler said Jericho isn't right and suggested there's self-doubt with him. Jericho took the mic and said everyone over the age of 25 continues to watch WWE to this day. He said he has a problem. "It seems Chris Jericho is no longer the hot topic or the buzz word of this company," he said. Jericho said even his NXT Rookie is getting more attention lately.
Jericho said he realized that during his entire career, going back to WCW and when he interrupted The Rock, and until he led Shawn Michaels to one of the greatest rivalries in WWE history, he's always fought uphill and been the underdog. Jericho said he's at the top of the mountain and now everyone is trying to knock him off. He said is the "most important performer on this roster" and the "greatest champion of this generation or any other." Jericho said no one can relate to him because he's the best in the world at what he does and now he has a target on his back. Jericho name-dropped Evan Bourne and said he's trying to make a name for himself off him. He has demanded restitution and has challenged Evan Bourne to a re-match tonight. Jericho said he is an honest man and he faces his challenges eye-to-eye. He said Bourne's career will fade out and be snuffed out tonight at his hands. Cue up Evan Bourne's theme music. At least they set this up rather than just throwing it out on PPV with no pre-match promo.
3 -- CHRIS JERICHO vs. EVAN BOURNE
The New York crowd was behind Jericho early on here. Jericho taunted Bourne, who came back with a flying head scissors into a double-foot dropkick to the head for a two count. Jericho then took a shortcut to take control of the match and continue to cut off Bourne's comeback teases. The crowd picked up a dueling chant of "Let's Go Bourne" and "Let's Go Jericho," with the adult males taking Jericho's side. Bourne then made a full comeback with rapid-fire kick strikes for a close two count. At 5:00, Bourne went back on the attack with kick strikes, but Jericho came back with a German Suplex and a bridge for a two count. Jericho paused to begin another methodical attack before Bourne suddenly nailed a huracanrana with Jericho standing on the second ropes. Jericho and Bourne then exchanged aerial moves before Jericho rolled into a Walls of Jericho center ring. Bourne crawled toward the bottom rope and made a last-gap lunge for a rope break. The males booed as Jericho started arguing with the ref.
Jericho then followed up by running Bourne off the ring apron into the announce table on the floor. Jericho followed up by ramming Bourne head-first into the table, but he ran right into a drop toe hold sending Jericho head-first into the ring steps. Bourne rolled Jericho back into the ring, then he went up top and landed a flying double knee smash to the shoulders for a close two count. Nice sequence.
Bourne and Jericho reset coming to their feet. Jericho hit a butterfly suplex into a backbreaker, but Bourne kicked out at two. Jericho teased the Lionsault, but Bourne moved and hit a martial arts kick. Bourne then went up top and teased the Shooting Star Press, but Jericho moved. Bourne landed on his feet and Jericho followed right up with a codebreaker. Jericho took his time making a cover and Bourne placed his foot on the bottom rope to break up the pin attempt. Jericho argued with the ref again before yelling at Bourne, "Stay down, you idiot!"
Jericho pounded on Bourne with forearms, then he missed with a corner attack and Bourne nearly scored a pin with a roll-up. Jericho teased the Walls of Jericho again, but Bourne countered with a nice DDT out of a guillotine choke. Borune then went to the corner again and teased Air Bourne for a second time, but Jericho cut him off. Jericho teased a superplex, but Bourne shoved him off. Bourne then readied for the Air Bourne again, but Jericho crotched him. Jericho teased a superplex again, but Bourne threw him off. Bourne then went for the Air Bourne onto Jericho's back and he connected right on Jericho's back. Bourne then rolled him over and scored the three count for the win. The announcers sold it as one of the most important moments on Bourne's career to really sell the outcome.
WINNER: Bourne at 12:05. That was a hot match. If they were given five or six more minutes, it could have been at the four-star level. Good win for Bourne with the heavy emphasis on Bourne solidifying himself as a top future star. Meanwhile, Jericho's losing streak story continues. So far, a really strong PPV card on match quality. (***1/2)
Up next: World Title match from the Smackdown brand. They cut to a video package on Kane's quest to find out who did in The Undertaker.
In-ring: Big Show came out first to a big pop before C.M. Punk came out flanked by the SES. Punk walked out, then sent Luke Gallows and Serena to the back to take this on alone. Rey Mysterio was out next sporting Los Angeles Lakers colors to sell the idea he's looking for a championship tonight. With the three challengers assembled, World Hvt. champion Jack Swagger slowly walked out to defend the World Title. Cole seemed to sell this as the end of the road for Swagger after a "good three months as champion." Chimel handled the formal ring intros for the first of two big World title matches on the card. Rey was booed, befitting of the males not in favor of the "kid acts."
4 -- World Hvt. champion JACK SWAGGER vs. REY MYSTERIO vs. C.M. PUNK vs. BIG SHOW -- World Hvt. Title match
Rey took Punk over the top rope to the floor early on with a head scissors. Show then flung Swagger over the top rope, leading to Show and Rey coming together for a stand-off center ring. Rey landed a kick, then punches, but Show shoved him away. More punches had no effect, then Show teased the KO Punch and Rey comically ran out of the ring. Show suddenly palmed Rey by the head over the top rope back into the ring and Show started playing with the other three in the match. Rey then hit a DDT out of nowhere and tried a pin, but Show bench-pressed him away. Swagger tried to follow with a Vader Bomb for a pin, but Punk yanked him away.
Rey and Punk suddenly worked together to dropkick Show out of the ring before Swagger clotheslined both of them. Rey then teased the 619 on Swagger moments later, but Punk came flying into the ring with a springboard clothesline on Rey to cut him off. Punk tossed Swagger out of the ring, then focused on Rey. After Rey and Punk exchanged offense, Swagger re-entered and teased the gutwrench powerbomb on Punk, but Punk kicked him in the head. Rey then tried the 619 on Punk, but Show grabbed Rey out of mid-air and yanked him to the outside to drop him on the announce table.
Back in the ring, Show cleaned house with overpowering offense before he raised his big hand to sell the chokeslam. The crowd popped, then Show realized no one was in the ring. Show followed by grabbing C.M. Punk to throw him into the ring, but Rey dropkicked the ring steps into Show's left knee. Punk then came off the top with a springboard splash on Show. Back in the ring, Swagger kicked Rey in the gut to block a springboard, then Punk dropped Swagger with the G2S.
Rey, Swagger, and Punk were out cold in the ring, then Kane's music suddenly hit and the lights dimmed. How did he know the match would go this long to do his bit? Anyways, Kane entered the ring and pointed at Punk. He tossed Punk through the ropes to the outside and chokeslammed him into a casket he wheeled to the ring. Suddenly, Luke Gallows showed up to kick Kane in the face. Punk and Luke ran off to the back and Kane gave chase. So, it's Rey, Swagger, and Big Show left. In the ring, Rey dropped Swagger to the corner and hit the 619. Rey followed with his springboard splash and he scored the three count to become the new World Hvt. champion. Afterward, Rey celebrated for a bit and they stayed with the moment for a good two or three minutes.
WINNER: Rey at 10:27 to capture the World Hvt. Title. A nice reward for Rey beating up his body to help carry the brand, but really disappointing booking here. Swagger needed a strong run with the title after being booked like an undeserving champion for three months. And now we get another round of the champion taking TV losses on Smackdown, just like Rey's previous only title run. Before the Kane run-in, this was another strong match on the PPV. (**3/4)
Money in the Bank plug: Championship contract for the WWE Title or World Hvt. Title. They used a Mission Impossible theme to sell the "mission" of the PPV.
Backstage: Josh Mathews brought in WWE champion John Cena, which drew a mix of boos and cheers live in the arena. Cena said he's prepared to deal with the NXT Rookies possibly interfering during the show and there's an "understanding" among the WWE wrestlers to stand united. Mathews asked him about the three recent four-way matches resulting in new champs. Classic stack the deck against Cena. Cena said no matter what happens, whoever wins the match tonight will have earned it.
In-ring: U.S. champion The Miz came out on stage for the next title match on the show. Miz cut the music and said he's going to offer his own version of R-Truth's "What's up?" rap. Miz interjected his own lyrics mocking Truth and talking himself up. Cole referenced DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince to intentionally make himself sound like an idiot. Miz then walked into the ring letting the song finish and Lawler surmised Miz forgot his words. Miz followed with a Blossom reference and said he's Awesome. What year is this? R-Truth then came out to do the Vince McMahon-endorsed rap with the kids. He gave a shout-out to Long Island before telling the audience to shout "What's Up?" if they think Miz's rap sucked. Cole then mocked Truth's rap with the same lyric repeated throughout the song, apparently trying to adhere to continuity from NXT by supporting Miz. Or something.
5 -- U.S. champion THE MIZ vs. R-TRUTH -- U.S. Title match
Truth quickly took control of the match as the crowd chanted over each other with a "Miz is Awesome/Awful" chant. After the match moved to the floor, Miz cut off Truth and knocked him to the outside again. Miz told the ref to make a count as Truth recovered on the floor. Truth slipped back into the ring at eight, then Miz stomped on his chest to go back on the attack. The ref checked on Truth to see if he could continue, then Miz followed with a corner attack focusing on the ribs. Truth unloaded a loogie and the ref checked on him again before Miz followed with a running clothesline in the corner. Miz scored a nearfall and followed with a body scissors on the mat to focus on the mid-section. Truth teased a comeback, but Miz cut him off and went back to a mat-based submission.
The refs are heavily mic'ed tonight and the ref audibly said "eight to go" as Miz continued to work over Truth. Miz slowed down the pace soaking in boos from the crowd before cutting off another teased comeback. The crowd was quiet with the slow pace and not much support for the "underdog babyfaces" on tonight's show. Truth made a comeback at 10:00 and hit a flatliner for a two count. Truth and Miz traded offense back and forth before Truth missed with a top rope move. Truth sold an injury to the mid-section, then attempted a roll-up, but Miz kicked out. Miz then trapped Truth, who was attempting a wheelbarrow, and Miz pinned Truth's shoulders to the mat for a pin and the win.
WINNER: Miz at 13:24. Not a strong match. The crowd died and the story wasn't strong despite the pre-match mic work from Miz. Miz still doesn't have that "break out match" on his resume to solidify himself as a potential future top-tier star who can be depended on for that guaranteed strong PPV main event match. (*1/4)
Backstage: Todd Grisham brought in Edge for an interview. Edge wanted to play psychology. He said John Cena must be concerned because he's seen every other champ in a four-way match lose tonight. Edge said they all know Randy Orton isn't 100 percent healthy with his injured shoulder. As for Sheamus, he might have it under control, but he knows he doesn't belong in there with the three of them. And, Edge. Edge said the one thing going through his mind is walking out the new WWE champion.
6 -- Unified tag champions HART DYNASTY (TYSON KIDD & D.H. SMITH & NATALYA) vs. USOS (JIMMY USO & JEY USO & TAMINA) -- six-person tag match
Tamina and Natalya wanted to start things off against each other as the announcers talked up the heritage behind each team. Striker "exposed the biz" listing Yokozuna along with the other famous Samoan wrestling names. The crowd was quiet early on, giving the six participants a task to win over the crowd. Jimmy knocked Kidd to the outside, then tried a suicide dive, but Kidd kicked him in the head from the outside. Kidd tried to follow with a DDT onto the outside, but Jimmy dropped him with a mid-air Samoan Drop into the guardrail. Nice counter. Jey then tagged in and went to work on Kidd back in the ring. The Usos continued to tag in and out working over Kidd as Tamina shouted instructions from the apron. Jimmy then came off the top with a headbutt to extend the attack. He tried to follow with an Umaga-style butt bomb, but Kidd moved out of the way.
Kidd made a tag to Natalya, which meant Tamina had to come in. Natalya executed a sequence of suplexes before attempting a nearfall, but Jey broke it up. Smith then took Jey over the top rope with a clothesline to the outside. Kidd then came flying off the top with a springboard dive onto the Uso brothers on the outside. Back in the ring, Tamina ducked a clothesline and hit a Samoan Drop. Tamina went up top for a Superfly splash, but Natalya moved and Tamina ate the mat. Natalya then measured Tamina and landed a discus clothesline for the pin and the win.
WINNERS: Hart Dynasty at 9:29. Fine six-person tag match. They needed the Divas in the match to avoid a pinfall to either the Harts or Uso Brothers to extend the feud over the Unified tag titles. (*3/4)
Announcers: Cole said the "highlight of each WrestleMania," Money in the Bank, has become such a big deal that it's getting its own PPV next month.
Video package: They focused on the build-up to the WWE Title match main event up next. Included were lengthy profiles of each of the four wrestlers in the title match to extend the time before the match starts. Good video. The main event is going to be a long match probably combined with an NXT angle.
In-ring: First out was Randy Orton to one of the strongest reactions of the night thus far. Edge came out to a strong reaction as well. Sheamus then came out to a strong heel reaction as Cole kept Triple H's name on the broadcast reinforcing that Sheamus took out Hunter "possibly forever." WWE champ John Cena then came out to a typically strong mixed reaction with a determined look on his face. Cole gave his prediction that Edge has the advantage tonight. Take that for what you will. Justin Roberts then handled the formal ring intros, with Orton receiving a strong reaction. Edge was mixed. Sheamus was all boos. Cena was big boos and strong cheers from the kids. Before the bell sounded, Cole talked about the sheer number of championships and WrestleMania main events combined with all four. That should have been part of the PPV build-up, not when they already have people's money.
7 -- WWE champion JOHN CENA vs. RANDY ORTON vs. EDGE vs. SHEAMUS -- WWE Title match
The opening bell sounded and Cena cleared Sheamus while Orton cleared Edge. Cena and Orton then turned to face each other doing their trademark mannerisms. Cena looked around the arena while Orton met him with The Eyes. Cena then teased the Attitude Adjustment, but Orton countered with an RKO tease. Edge then pulled Orton to the outside while Sheamus attacked Cena from behind. Edge and Sheamus then double-teamed Cena in the ring. The deep-throated fans picked up a loud "Cena Sucks" chant in response to a "Let's Go Cena" chant. They cut backstage to show babyfaces Truth, Bourne, and HD watching the match on a monitor. Back to the action, Edge cleared Cena over the top rope before going up top. Orton crotched him, then teased a Bob Orton special, but Sheamus cut him off. Sheamus teased a powerbomb, but Orton punched him away. Edge then came off the top with a tackle on Sheamus after leaping over Orton. It looked like a spot where they were going for something bigger and didn't quite execute it.
Orton cleared the ring and Cena pulled himself up to the apron, leading to Orton suplexing Cena back into the ring. Orton began a methodical attack on Cena as the crowd picked up another dueling chant. Orton then missed with a knee drop after pausing to hear the crowd and Sheamus knocked him to the outside. Sheamus and Cena resumed a mid-ring exchange, with Cena hitting a Fisherman's suplex. He teased the AA, but Sheamus countered with a backbreaker across his knee for a two count. Orton then re-entered and cleaned house before teasing the big spike DDT on Sheamus. Cena then entered the picture and Orton landed a double spike DDT. He made a cover on Sheamus, but Sheamus put a foot on the ropes for a break. Edge then re-entered to clear Orton and tease the spear on Cena, but Cena moved and started his trademark comeback routine. Cena hit the Shuffle, but Orton snuck in the back door and hit his fallaway neck breaker. Orton followed with a powerslam on Edge before rubbing his face with his hands to sell the set-up for the RKO. Sheamus cut Orton off, though, and dumped him to the outside.
They reset at 10:30 with Sheamus and Cena battling. Cena then dumped Sheamus over the top rope, leaving Cena and Edge in the ring. Orton tried to enter again, but Edge speared him off the ropes to the floor. Edge turned around and Cena slapped on the STF center ring. Edge teased a tap out and tried to crawl to the ropes, but Cena reapplied center ring until Sheamus snuck into the ring to attacked Cena. Sheamus then tried to cover Edge, but Edge kicked out. After Sheamus and Edge danced a bit, Orton and Cena re-entered, with Orton nailing the RKO on Cena. Orton made a cover, but Sheamus shoved the ref away to stop the count. It's No DQ, so apparently that works to stop a count. It opens up a can of worms, though. After order was restored, Sheamus and Orton were left in the ring. Their issue spilled to the outside where Sheamus ate the announce table. Edge then speared Orton into a guardrail.
They cut backstage where the babyfaces were watching the match. Suddenly, the NXT Season One Rookies jumped them and tore down a backstage set. Meanwhile, a WWE TITLE MATCH IS GOING ON IN THE RING. They cut back live where John Cena was kneeling in the ring. The crowd sat quietly trying to figure out what was going on. Apparently Michael Cole took a blow during the ringside events, of note. The NXT Rookies then stormed the ring and attacked Cena, who tried to fight them off. Edge then tried to fight off Wade Barrett, but they tackled Edge ringside. Back in the ring, Sheamus suddenly covered Cena in the ring and scored a three count. And the Celtics win after the Lakers won the World Title. Sheamus high-tailed it from ringside and left through the crowd to avoid the NXT Rookies.
Post-match: the Rookies took apart Cena before Justin Gabriel hit his 450 splash on Cena. Sheamus was then shown standing on the entrance stage holding up his WWE Title belt. The Rookies chased after Sheamus and disappeared. Meanwhile, Orton and Edge were shown out cold ringside as Cena clutched his mid-section in the ring. The crowd sat quietly with no sound from the announcers. After soaking in the scene, they started an inaudible chant. Suddenly, the PPV went off the air with Cena clutching his mid-section in the ring and 25 minutes of PPV time left.
WINNER: Sheamus at 17:27 to capture the WWE Title. I don't know what that was, but it was on par with some of TNA's worst PPV main event finishes. The invasion was fine to continue on the PPV, but the angle should have been extended to make up for the second non-finish to a major title match on the PPV with 25 more minutes of PPV time remaining. The obvious follow-up booking is more Cena vs. NXT, along with the one-on-one title re-match between Cena and Sheamus to continue their issue. I disagree with the booking of the two big title matches on the PPV in terms of the interference and who walked out as champion. WWE needed a lengthy run from either Swagger or Cena to fix damage to the value of titles in WWE after some hot-shot booking this year. This PPV created more damage in a misguided effort to fulfill that "anything can happen" tagline. (n/a)
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