WWE Survivor Series Results
Sunday, November 20, 2011
From Madison Square Garden in New York, New York
Results by: Sean Hopkins of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
* Santino Marella b. Jinder Mahal
We open the show with a video package that highlights the main feuds heading into tonight, with a lot of time spent on the Cena/Rock vs. Awesome Truth match, of course.
The pyro hits and Michael Cole welcomes us to Survivor Series. The announcers hype some new kind of social network hub on WWE.com, and this leads directly into John Laurinaitis coming out. He lets the people know his exact title before saying tonight is his tenth anniversary here in WWE, on top of being the 25th anniversary of Survivor Series. This makes little sense as this leads us directly into the US Championship match.
WWE United States Championship Match
– Dolph Ziggler (c) w/Vickie Guerrero vs. John Morrison
John Morrison is out first, getting a pretty weak reaction from the crowd. Dolph Ziggler comes out next with Vickie Guerrero in tow. Dolph actually gets a better face reaction than JoMo.
The bell rings and we’re ready to begin. The crowd is chanting that they want Ryder. Both men lock up and Dolph takes Morrison down to the mat and slaps at the back of his head before bailing to the outside to avoid Morrison’s ire.
Ziggler heads back into the ring and we get another lock up. Both men try for hammerlocks before Morrison takes Ziggler down to the mat with an arm bar. Ziggler fights off Morrison and beats and stomps on him in the corner. Morrison avoids a charging Ziggler in the corner but eats a dropkick anyway. Ziggler takes Morrison over with a side head lock and the crowd is still chanting about Ryder.
Morrison breaks the hold but falls to a shoulder block. Morrison is back on his feet and he tries for a hip toss but Ziggler lands on his feet. Morrison grabs his legs, slingshots him into the corner and sends him over the top rope. Morrison follows to the outside with a corkscrew plancha over the top before sending Ziggler back into the ring. Morrison argues with Guerrero on the outside before getting back into the ring and the distraction allows Ziggler to hit a neck breaker for a near fall. Ziggler hits a beautiful high elbow drop. He gloats to the crowd before taking Morrison over with a fireman’s carry for another near fall. Ziggler tries to wear JoMo down with a rear chin lock.
Morrison is able to fight up to his feet and out of the hold before being slammed back down to the mat by his hair. Ziggler kicks at Morrison, taunting and slapping him as well.
Ziggler chokes Morrison with his boot while pulling on his hair. Ziggler slaps Morrison across the face, and this enrages Morrison, leading to him putting Ziggler in the corner and pounding away. The ref breaks things up and this allows Ziggler to hit an awesome suplex for another near fall.
Ziggler goes for the sleeper but Morrison tosses him off. Morrison hits a couple of clotheslines, a big kick to the jaw, and a neckbreaker for a near fall of his own. Ziggler kicks at Morrison’s shins before going for a roll up with the tights. Morrison kicks out and he’s able to connects with a springboard kick to the side of Ziggler’s head for another two count. Morrison goes for a neckbreaker but he’s pushed off. Ziggler goes for a head scissors, but floats around into a sleeper. Morrison reverses into a sleeper of his own, and when Ziggler fights it off Morrison hits a huge DDT, but Guerrero gets Ziggler’s foot on the ropes to break the count. The ref sees it, so he sends Vickie to the back.
Vickie is furious, screaming the whole way to the back. Morrison picks Ziggler up and tries for a suplex but it’s blocked by Ziggler, countered into a roll up for two. Morrison goes for a kick to the face but Ziggler moves and both men trade roll ups. Ziggler connects with the rocker dropper and goes for a pin but he still can’t get three.
Ziggler goes for the sleeper again but he’s shrugged off. Morrison hits a big knee to the side of Ziggler’s head. Morrison goes for starship pain, but Ziggler gets his knees up and Morrison crashes into them. Ziggler connects with the Zig Zag, getting the three count and retaining his title.
Winner and STILL US Champion: Dolph Ziggler
Following the match Vickie runs right down to the ring to celebrate with her client/boyfriend.
Following the match, Vickie has the mic and she wants the crowd to excuse her before handing the mic to Ziggler. Ziggler says he’d hate to follow that. He says some people think he’s a showoff, but it’s not showing off if you back it up every night. The crowd is still chanting for Ryder, but Ziggler says he’s not even here. Ziggler says he’s not showing off, he’s just really really good at what he does.
Ziggler’s music is interrupted by Zack Ryder. Ryder gets ambushed right after getting into the ring, but Ryder fights back and connects with the Rough Ryder to send Ziggler out of the ring. Ziggler leads the crowd in a chant of ‘woo woo woo’, and he’s got these fans more amped up than the whole first match (and that match was really good, too).
Lumberjill Match for the WWE Divas Championship
– Beth Phoenix (c) w/Natalya vs. Eve
The Divas, who are acting as Lumberjill’s make their way to the ring first, as a group. Eve is the first competitor to make her way out to the ring, to a bit of a reaction from the crowd. I haven’t said it yet, but I have to say MSG looks a lot different, and I kind of miss the old set up. It looks like any other arena now.
Beth Phoenix is out next with Natalya in tow, she gets a bit of a reaction too.
The bell rings and we’re ready to begin. Both women lock up and Beth pushes Eve away. Eve responds with a big forearm and she tries for a cross body but Beth catches her and just drops her to the mat. Eve kicks away at Beth before shaking her butt in Beth’s face. Beth bails to the floor but she’s sent right back in. Eve hits a neckbreaker and a standing moonsault for a near fall.
Eve goes to the apron and she’s distracted by the heel diva’s, this allows Beth to get the upper hand, and she slingshots Eve while her head is underneath the bottom rope. Beth locks in a rear chin lock, mounting Eve, to wear her down. Eve fights out of the hold, and is able to send Beth into the corner before hitting a flurry of elbows and kicks, finished off by a clothesline.
Eve goes for a senton but Beth gets her knees up and Eve crashed into them. Beth tries for the glam slam but Eve fights it off, locking in what looks to be an octopus hold. Beth is able to break the hold. Both women go for roll ups but can’t get the win. Eve hits a big kick to the side of Beth’s face. Eve goes up to the top, but Beth pushes her down on the top rope. Beth goes up to the top, but Eve fights back.
Eve continues to try and fight back, but Beth grabs her arm, and delivers a glam slam from the top rope! Beth gets the three count to retain.
Winner & STILL WWE Divas Champion: Beth Phoenix
CM Punk is shown warming up backstage. David Otunga comes in with a message from John Laurinaitis. Otunga says at Harvard, where he’s from, he would call what happened to Cole last week an assault. Punk doesn’t seem to care. Otunga says Johnny Ace would like Punk to apologize to Cole. Punk says he’ll think about it, after he beats Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship tonight.
The Rock is shown backstage with a mic in his hand. He says Madison Square Garden, he wants to tell a story. He talks about watching his grandfather take on Superstar Billy Graham for the WWE Title. He talks about being a kid in the dressing room hanging out with Andre the Giant, watching his dad defend his tag team title. He talks about 1996 when he made his debut in this arena at Survivor Series. He says despite having a hideous outfit and the worst haircut known to man, this was the first arena to chant his name. The fans oblige by chanting his name now. Rock says that night started an Odyssey that would go down in WWE history. Rock runs down some of his most famous catchphrases in front of the crowd. Rock runs down some of the titles he’s won, but he says on that night he became the People’s Champion. He says after 7 long years he’s finally come back because finally, FINALLY, the Rock has come back to New York City!
Rock says it’s as simple as this boots to a****. He then turns his attention to Cena, who catches a ton of heat from the crowd just by being mentioned. Rock says Cena got his wish, but what he never counted on was that the Rock never comes alone. As he can clearly hear, Rock brings 17,000 strong, and they’re going to take a lightning bolt and shoot it up Cena’s ovulating lady parts. This gets a ‘lady parts’ chant going. Rock says everyone knows how special Madison Square Garden is. Frank Sinatra performed out there.
Ali/Frazier was the fight of the century in this arena. Rock says tonight he wakes up in a city that never sleeps. Rock asks the crowd for help, and begins singing ‘New York, New York’. Rock says boots to a****, it’s on, if you smell what the Rock is cooking. It’s crazy how over Rock is.
5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Match
– Team Orton (Randy Orton, Sheamus, Mason Ryan, Kofi Kingston & Sin Cara) vs. Team Barrett (Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Hunico & Dolph Ziggler)
Wade Barrett is the first man from his team to make his way down to the ring. I can’t tell if it’s the new layout of the arena, or what, but this crowd seems pretty subdued for an NYC crowd. Jack Swagger is out next, and he too gets a pretty poor reaction.
Ziggler is the third man out for his team, saying ‘oh, I’m gonna follow me’ on his way out. Hunico is out next, and the crowd are absolutely sitting on their hands. Cody Rhodes is the final man out to the ring for his team, and he gets a decent reaction from the crowd. Cody is sans mask.
Sheamus is the first man to come out for Team Orton, and he gets a nice pop from the crowd. Sin Cara is the second man out for his team. Kingston is out third, and he gets a nice reaction from the crowd as well.
Mason Ryan is out next, and the crowd don’t seem too amped up for him either. Team Captain Randy Orton is the last man out for his team and he gets a really good pop from the crowd on his way to the ring.
It looks like Ziggler and Kingston will be kicking things off for their respective teams. We get a lock up and Ziggler and Kofi chain wrestle for a bit, trading holds. Ziggler hits a big shoulderblock, but when he goes for a suplex Kofi lands on his feet. Kofi goes for a kick but misses so Ziggler hits one of his own for a near fall.
Kofi goes for the SOS, but misses. Kofi gets the tag to Orton who comes in and hits an RKO, pinning and eliminating Ziggler.
Dolph Ziggler has been eliminated
Team Barrett bail to the outside to talk amongst themselves but it’s broken up by Orton. Things break down and everyone is brawling. The heels are sent from the ring and Kofi and Cara go over the top at the same time. Cara’s dive was nasty, not connecting well, and he looks to have gone down hurt. Trainers are checking on him and everyone seems confused as to what to do.
Justin Roberts announces Sin Cara is gone.
Sin Cara is eliminated
Orton and Rhodes are in the ring, and it looks like we’re finally going to continue the match. Orton kicks Cody and hits him with a nice European uppercut. Orton wrenches the arm and tags out to Ryan. Ryan comes in with a huge shoulderblock to Cody before picking him up and ramming him into the corner, repeatedly burying his shoulder in Rhodes’ midsection. Ryan goes for some kind of kick but Rhodes bails to the outside to avoid it. Barrett gives Rhodes a quick pep talk. Rhodes tags right out to Hunico. Hunico is brought into the match with a big hip toss. Ryan takes Hunico across the ring and tags in Kingston who comes in with a big stomp to Hunico.
Hunico sends Kofi into the corner hard, and this allows him to tag out to Barrett. Barrett comes in with a big punch to Kingston that puts him down for a two count. Barrett locks in a rear chin lock. Kofi fights to his feet just to be put back down for a near fall. Barrett locks in another rear chin lock. Kofi fights up to his feet and out of the hold. Both men go for and connect with clotheslines.
Hunico and Ryan tag in. Ryan hits a couple of clotheslines. Ryan catches Hunico ‘s cross body, and hits a couple of backbreakers and a huge fall away slam. Ryan gorilla presses Hunico. Hunico is able to get a blind tag to Rhodes who comes in and hits the beautiful disaster kick, and cross Rhodes for the three.
Mason Ryan is eliminated
Sheamus comes in and locks up with Rhodes, taking him into the corner where the ref breaks it up. Sheamus unloads on Cody in the corner, wearing him down for a near fall. Rhodes catches Sheamus with a kick to the chest, but Sheamus comes back with a big back elbow. Sheamus ties Rhodes up in the ropes and hits him with several clubbing blows across the chest before bringing him back into the ring and hitting a huge suplex for a two count.
Barrett attacks Sheamus on the outside, sending him back first into the apron hard. Barrett sends Sheamus back into the ring and goes for a quick pin but only gets two. Barrett beats on Sheamus with repeated rights before tagging in Hunico who comes in with a big dropkick to Sheamus’ leg. Sheaus fights back, punching and slapping at Hunico. Hunico tries to lock in a front face lock, but Sheamus tosses him off easily.
Kofi and Barrett tag in and Kofi hits Barrett with big punches and kicks before hitting a big dropkick. Kingston connects with the boom drop. He’s distracted by Rhodes, and this allows Barrett to attack. Barrett sends Kofi into the corner, but Kofi hits him with a a couple of boots. Kingston hits Swagger with a couple of boots but he’s ambushed by Barrett. Barrett connects with wasteland, and Kingston is pinned.
Kofi Kingston has been eliminated
Orton attacks Wade immediately but Wade is able to send him to the outside. Hunico tags in and hits a suicide dive on Orton. Hunico sends Orton into the ring and gets a two count before tagging out to Swagger. Swagger comes in and beats on Orton with punches and kicks for a bit. Orton tries to make the tag, but Swagger pushes him to his own corner and tags out to Rhodes. Rhodes hits a snap mare a peppers Orton with right hands.
Rhodes hits Orton with a big front suplex. but when he goes for the pin he still can’t get three. Rhodes locks in a rear chin lock to try and wear down Orton. Orton is able to fight up to his feet and out of the hold. Rhodes sends Orton into the corner and tries for a bulldog, but Orton tosses Rhodes away. Orton is able to tag out to Sheamus and
Swagger makes the tag. Sheamus beats on Swagger in the corner with huge clubbing blows before hitting a big clothesline. Sheamus goes up to the top and hits a flying forearm.
Hunico comes in but he’s sent right back out by Sheamus. Sheamus hits the Irish curse backbreaker on Swagger before kicking Rhodes from the ring. Sheamus goes for the Celtic cross but it’s broken up by Barrett, who’s also sent from the ring.
Sheamus buries knees in Swagger’s chest, and he doesn’t heed the ref who asks him to break by five. Sheamus is DQ’d.
Sheamus is eliminated
Sheamus is furious, so he hits Swagger with a bicycle kick on his way out. Orton crawls over and pins Swagger for three.
Jack Swagger has been eliminated
Rhodes charges Orton in the corner, laying in with boot after boot. Rhodes mocks Orton, doing his signature pose. Rhodes sends Orton into the corner but Orton comes out with a big clothesline. Orton attacks the heel corner before hitting Rhodes with a big powerslam. Orton takes Rhodes out to the apron and brings him back into the ring with the suspension DDT. Orton gets himself amped up, but he’s distracted by Wade. When Orton turns around Hunico comes at him with a springboard move, but Orton connects with the RKO, and he’s pinned for three.
Hunico has been eliminated
Barrett comes in to attack, but Orton hits him with his signature backbreaker. Orton goes for the RKO, but he’s distracted by Rhodes. This allows Barrett to hit Orton with the wasteland for the three count, and the win.
Orton has been eliminated
Winners & survivors, Wade Barrett & Cody Rhodes of Team Barrett
Albeto Del Rio is backstage with the Bella twins. He talks about taking them out to a Mexican restaurant, but he’s interrupted by John Laurinaitis, who doesn’t know if Del Rio is taking tonight’s match seriously. Del Rio asks if he watched Raw? Del Rio says tonight will be the first of many WWE Title defenses in Madison Square Garden. He asks if Laurinaitis has forgotten who he’s talking to. He says he won’t lose his belt to someone who should be sleeping on the subway. When Del Rio walks off, Ace hops on his phone to begin texting.
Cole starts to say something, but he’s cut off as we go to a promo for WWE’s anti-bullying campaign.
World Heavyweight Championship Match
– Mark Henry (c) vs. Big Show
Cole says that the ring crew has reinforced the ring, and they’re actually checking it again before this match to make sure it’s sturdy before the next match. This leads us to footage of WWE Vengeance last month when Mark Henry superplexed the Big Show and the ring was destroyed as a result.
The Big Show is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and he doesn’t get much of a reaction at all from the crowd.
The Champion, Mark Henry, is the next man to make his way to the ring, and the crowd doesn’t seem to care about this match.
We get formal ring introductions for both men, and we’re ready to kick things off.
We get a lock up and Show pushes Henry down to the mat right off the bat. Another lock up, and this time Henry shoves Show away, though he doesn’t fall to the mat. A third lock up and Show shoves Henry down to the mat. Henry bails to the outside.
Henry slowly makes his way back into the ring. Henry ducks the lock up and goes behind Show this time, but Show reverses and takes Henry down with a waist lock takedown. Show hits Henry with an arm drag (!), and this sends Henry bailing to the outside again.
Again, Henry slowly makes his way back into the ring, and Show attacks him immediately. Show hits Henry with kicks and punches and Henry is upset, arguing with the ref that he shouldn’t be attacked while he’s in the ropes. Back in the middle of the ring Show hits Henry with a couple of right hands, but Henry sends Show into the ropes and hits him with a huge chop block to the knee. Henry picks Show up by his leg and slams his knee down to the canvas. Henry hits Show with an elbow drop to the knee and wrenches away at it, trying to wear Show down and force him to submit. Henry hits Show with another big elbow drop to the knee and continues to wrench away.
Show is able to break the hold, and when he gets up to his feet he’s put right back down with a big clothesline from Henry. The crowd is chanting boring. Show is able to surprise Henry with a right hand and a DDT. Show goes for the pin, but he’s only able to get a two count. Show hits Henry with a head butt. The crowd is now chanting for Daniel Bryan. Show hits Henry with a couple of big clotheslines, a back splash in the corner, and a shoulder block to put him to the mat.
Show calls for the chokeslam, but he can’t get Henry up. Henry picks up Show and connects with the World’s strongest slam, but when Henry goes for the pin, Show kicks out. Henry hits a big splash, and goes for the pin, but again Show kicks out at two. Henry hits Show with a big elbow drop to the heart, but Show still will not go down for a three count.
Now we’re getting an ‘Undertaker’ chant from the crowd who only seem to want to amuse themselves. Henry sends Show to the outside and follows, ramming him hard into the ring post. Henry psychs himself up, then charges Big Show, should tackling him through the barricade, and now the crowd is actually reacting to something happening in the match. Henry rolls back into the ring and tries to wait out Show while he’s counted out. Show is able to struggle back into the ring at 8. Henry sends Show right back out to the apron, stands him up, and hits him with a couple of big head butts. Henry starts going up to the top, but Show fights him off and pushes Henry away. Show hits Henry with a (sort of) superkick, and now the crowd’s chanting for ‘HBK’.
Big Show goes all the way to the top, looking really apprehensive. Show steadiest himself on the top rope. Show goes all the way to the top and launches himself off with a HUGE elbow drop. Show drapes his arm over Henry, but Henry kicks out at two!
Now we’re getting a ‘Randy Savage’ chant, awesome. Show goes for the WMD, but Henry ducks it and hits Show with a blatant low blow right in front of the referee. Henry is DQ’d, and this one is over.
Winner via disqualification, Big Show
Following the match, Henry goes to the outside and grabs a chair. Henry scares away the referee, and wraps the chair around Big Show’s ankle. Show is able to move before Henry comes crashing down on top, and Henry falls to the mat. Show is up, and when Henry gets up, Show meets him with the WMD to put down the Champion.
Wade Barrett is backstage with Matt Striker. Barrett says he proved tonight that the Barrett barrage is unstoppable. He says the reason he’s here is because he want’s to be England’s first World Champion. He’s interrupted by Miz and R-Truth. Barrett walks off in disgust. Miz says this is the problem, all the focus is everywhere but where it should be. Truth says the most charismatic tag team of all time is right here. He asks why he and Miz aren’t on the side of buses. No, it’s Rock and Cena. Truth says he saw all the pigeons staring up at the Rock and Cena, so he screamed at the pigeons that the Rock and Cena would lost tonight. He says the pigeons didn’t say anything back to them, because they’re pigeons, and they don’t talk, all they do is crap. Miz says that’s what Cena and Rock are, a load of crap. Truth says tonight, crap is gonna get got.
WWE Championship Match
– Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. CM Punk
We get a video package that details the history between these two men over the past few months, leading into this match.
Ricardo Rodriguez is out first to introduce the WWE Champion. Del Rio comes out to the ring in a beautiful red convertible (not the most practical choice for NYC in November).
The crowd is chanting for Punk before Del Rio’s music even hits. Apparently, Punk has a personal ring announcer for the evening as well, WWE Hall of Famer, Howard Finkel. The Fink makes his way out from the back to a big pop from the crowd. The crowd is actually chanting for the Fink! Howard finally makes the announcement, and it’s amazing! Punk comes out to a huge pop from the crowd. Punk shakes hands and gives a little hug to Fink before heading down to the ring.
The bell rings, and we’re ready to kick things off. Cole mentions that MSG has seen the WWE Championship change hands 15 times. The crowd chants that they want ice cream. We get a lock up and both men end up tangled in the ropes. It’s broken up by the ref. We get another lock up and Punk locks in a side head lock. He’s pushed off but comes right back with a big shoulder block. Another lock up and Del Rio takes Punk over with a side head lock. ‘Colt Cabana’ chant from the crowd! Punk pushes Del Rio off but falls to a shoulder block. Punk responds with an arm drag, holding on and locking in an arm bar.
Punk continues to work over the arm, stomping at his shoulder. Punk locks in another head lock, and Punk hits another shoulder block. Punk takes Del Rio over with another arm drag. Punk teases the anaconda vice and Del Rio bails to the outside where he consults with Ricardo. Del Rio heads back into the ring and locks up with Punk again, backing him into the corner and catching him with a kick to the stomach. Del Rio beats on Punk in the corner until he’s pulled away by the ref. Punk avoids a charging Del Rio in the corner and stomps away at him. Punk sends Del Rio across the ring and hits a big hip toss, then a dropkick, and Del Rio bails again. Punk doesn’t wait this time, hitting a suicide dive through the ropes.
Punk goes to the top and launches himself off with a big cross body, before continuing the work on Del Rio’s arm. Del Rio is able to fight out of the hold and send Punk into the ropes, where he beats away on him. The ref pulls Del Rio away and Ricardo gets in a cheap shot. Punk chases Ricardo around the ring, but he’s caught with a dropkick through the ropes by Del Rio. Del Rio heads out and slams Punk’s hand and arm into the ring steps before sending Punk back into the ring.
Del Rio goes to the top and comes down on top of Punk before locking in an arm bar and wrenching at Punk’s neck and chin. Punk fights back to his feet and punches at Del Rio before escaping the hold. Punk charges into Del Rio’s boots in the corner. Punk tries for the G2S, but Del Rio fights out of it and does even more damage to Punk’s arm. Del Rio continues kicking and stomping at Punk shoulder before locking in another arm bar.
Punk fights out of the hold, but Del Rio comes up with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for another near fall. Del Rio goes up to the top again, and comes down with a double ax handle smash to Punk’s head, which is good for another two count. Del Rio kicks away at Punk’s back, but when he goes for a second, Punk moves and Del Rio sails through the ropes and crashes to the floor. Del Rio struggles to his feet, and he goes to the apron. Punk comes over, and Del Rio snaps his neck down across the top rope. When Del Rio gets back in the ring Punk is right back up and takes him down. Punk and Del Rio both get to their feet and both trade blows in the middle of the ring. Punk gets the upper hand with a big dropkick, and a nice neckbreaker, but he can’t keep Del Rio down for three.
Punk catches Alberto with the knee in the corner and follows up with a bulldog for another two count. Punk hits a springboard clothesline, but it’s still only good enough for a two count. Punk signals for the G2S. Punk shoulders Del Rio, but Del Rio fights out and connects with the back stabber for a near fall. Del Rio stomps at Punk, working over his joints. Punk blocks a suplex attempt and rolls Del Rio up for two. Punk goes for the knee in the corner again but Del Rio avoids it and blasts Punk with a kick to the head. Del Rio gets another near fall. Del Rio continues to work over the arm before going for another pin, for another two count.
Del Rio picks up Punk and seats him on the top rope. Del Rio goes up after Punk, but Punk fights back and pushes Del Rio off of the top and down to the mat. Punk stands on the top turnbuckle, but Del Rio is up and he crotches Punk on the top. Del Rio kicks at Punk’s arm, continuing to wear it down. Del Rio charges Punk in the corner, but Punk pulls himself out of the way and Del Rio charges shoulder first into the ring post.
Punk climbs back up to the top turnbuckle and comes down hard on Del Rio with a Macho Man style elbow. We get another ‘Randy Savage’ chant from the crown. Punk Shoulder Del Rio again but Del Rio fights out. Del Rio tries for the arm breaker, but Punk avoids it. Del Rio tries for the arm breaker again and connects with it this time. Punk struggles for the ropes, but Del Rio continues to wrench back. Punk reaches the ropes and forces a break of the hold.
Del Rio charges Punk. Punk almost connects with the G2S, but Del Rio fights out and pushes Punk away. Punk kicks Ricardo hard. More jockeying for position, and Punk is finally able to lock in the anaconda vice. Del Rio scratches and claws at Punk’s face, but he eventually succumbs, and submits to the hold.
Winner & NEW WWE Champion: CM Punk
The Fink is back out to announce Punk as the new Champ while Punk takes a dive into the crowd to celebrate.
Tag Team Match
– The Rock & John Cena vs. The Miz & R-Truth
FINALLY, the Rock returns to in ring action in the WWE! Right after this video package highlighting not only Rocky’s career, but also how he came to be in this match tonight with Cena.
Miz and Truth are, obviously, the first men to make their way out to the ring. Miz is nice enough to dedicate their entrance song to the NYC crowd, letting them know that they suck.
Cena is out next and he gets a pretty hostile welcome to MSG. Cena stops to talk to the camera, saying the fans love him here in New York City.
And last, but most certainly not least, the man a lot of people bought this PPV just to see, The Rock! Rocky makes his way out to the ring looking absolutely JACKED, and he gets the pop of the night by far. Rock is wearing his signature Brahma bull trunks, and it’s a surreal moment to see the Rock back in another wrestling match.
It looks like Rock and Miz are going to start things out for their respective teams. We get a long stare down before the Rock looks out to the crowd. Both men begin circling each other before locking up. The Rock locks in a side head lock, but Miz pushes him off, only to eat a big shoulder block. Rock hits Miz with an arm drag, then one for Truth, another for Miz. Rock tosses Truth from the ring and ties up Miz with a magistral cradle. It only gets two, but Miz bails to the outside and Awesome Truth look angry.
The fans are kind enough to let the Rock know he’s still got it. Truth says he wants in, Rock says if he wants some, to come get some. Truth and Rock circle each other before lock up. Rock locks in another side head lock. Rock turns around into a hammerlock, but Truth reverses. Rock fights off the hold. Truth ducks a clothesline, Rock ducks a kick.
Rock hits Truth with a right hand to the mouth. Rock connects with a fisherman’s suplex on Truth, but Cena is arguing with Miz and the ref, and the pin isn’t counted. Rock doesn’t look too happy when he gets up, jawing with Cena for a bit.
Miz wants back into the ring, so he gets the tag. Miz says he doesn’t want any more of Rock, he wants Cena. The fans don’t sound too happy about that. Rock slaps Cena’s hand, tagging out. Cena makes his way slowly into the ring, playing up the dissension between the two.
Cena and Miz lock up and Cena takes Miz down with a couple of snap mares before taking him into the corner, and hitting a big monkey flip. Cena follows up with a dropkick and Miz scurries to the corner to make the tag to Truth. The fans still are not impressed with Cena, and are letting him know that he still sucks. Truth shoves Cena and dances… at him? Cena responds with a couple of big shoulder blocks and a belly to back suplex. Cena calls for the five knuckle shuffle, walking over to the Rock and doing the ‘you can’t see me’ motion. Rock doesn’t look too happy and he actually gets into the ring to confront Cena. When Cena turns around Truth blasts him with a clothesline. Truth makes the tag to Miz who comes in kicking away at Cena.
Miz hits Cena with a big kick to the face before tagging back out to Truth and they hit a double shoulder block. Truth locks in a rear chin lock, but it’s not long before Cena fights out of the hold. Truth sends Cena crashing shoulder first into the ring post, and Cena falls to the outside. Truth goes to the outside where he slams Cena head first into the apron before sending him back into the ring. Truth tries for the cover but Cena kicks out at two. Truth locks in a head scissors to try and wear down Cena. The crowd is chanting that they want Rocky. Cena is able to work his way out of the hold, but he’s kicked away to the outside by Truth. Truth follows, sending Cena right back into the ring and trying for another cover for two. Truth tags out to the Miz who Cena shoulders right away, but Miz fights out of it and hits a low DDT for another near fall.
Miz hits Cena with his running clothesline in the corner. Truth hits Cena with a cheap shot while the ref’s back is turned and Miz goes for the pin but still only gets a two count. Truth tags back in and they hit a double suplex, but it’s still not enough to keep Cena down for three. Rock is pacing back and forth on the ring apron. Truth locks in a front face lock and Cena struggles to inch toward his corner.
Cena’s fingertips are close, but Truth drags Cena back to his own corner where he beats down on Cena, and allows Miz to get in a couple of cheap shots. Miz tags back in and he hits Cena with a big right hand. Miz taunts Cena, but when he goes for another punch, Cena blocks it. Cena attacks Truth, but when he turns around Miz catches him off guard with a big clothesline for another two count. Miz tags out to Truth who comes in and goes for a pin of his own, but he can’t get three either.
Truth hits Cena with a big legdrop and gets another near fall out of it. Truth goes to the apron and climbs up to the top rope, jawing with the crowd the whole time. Truth tries for a cross body, but Cena rolls through, and stands up with Truth. Cena tries to shoulder Truth, but Truth avoids it and plants Cena with a front suplex for another two count.
Truth mounts Cena with a couple of punches before tagging back out to Miz. Miz kicks at Cena while taunting the Rock the whole time. Cena is able to avoid a kick and he locks Miz into the STF, but Truth is in to break it up. Cena shoulders Truth and plants him with the AA, but Cena can’t take advantage.
Miz tags back in and takes out Rock to avoid Cena making the tag. Truth attacks Rock on the outside of the ring, body slamming him chest first into the barricade. Back in the ring, Miz makes the tag to Truth, and Rock comes in to try and get some revenge. It doesn’t work as the ref is distracted and it allows Miz and Truth to double team Cena for another near fall. Truth locks in a front face lock.
Truth puts Cena down to the mat, and tries for some kind of weird fancy leg drop, making fun of the People’s elbow I’m sure, but Truth misses it. Both men are able to make the tag and the Garden explodes. Rock comes in beating on both men. Rock plants Miz with the DDT before hitting Truth with the Rock Bottom. Rock takes Miz over with an arm drag and locks in the sharpshooter. Miz screams and tries to reach for the ropes, but Rock pulls him to the middle of the ring. Truth breaks up the hold, but he’s speared by Cena and he and Truth fight to the outside.
Miz tries to take advantage, punching and kicking at Rock, but Rock connects with a spinebuster out of nowhere. Rock walks around Miz’s body toward his head. He reaches up and pulls off his elbow pad before delivering the People’s elbow. Rock goes for the pin, and this one is over.
Winners: The Rock & John Cena
Rock celebrates in the ring, posing in the corners. Cena applauds Rock as he makes his way toward the back. Rock calls for the crowd to quiet down, and his music to stop. He doesn’t look too happy with Cena clapping for him. Cena makes his way back into the ring. Cena poses on the turnbuckle, but gets nothing but heat for it. Cena comes back into the ring, and he and Rock have a few words.
Rock goes up to the corner to pose again, getting a ton of love from the crowd, but when Cena goes up he gets a ton of heat yet again. Rock shakes his head at Cena. Rock says he wants to do this one more time, so he tells Cena to watch him. Rock goes up to another corner to pose again, and the crowd loves him.
Cena and Rock stand face to face in the ring and have words. Cena goes to leave, but Rock plants him with a Rock Bottom. Cena rolls out of the ring and a ways up the entrance ramp. The PPV ends with Rock staring down Cena as Cena makes his way to the back. Rock circles the ring one last time, thanking the fans, before climbing the turnbuckle for one final pose of the night.