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John Cena is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and he gets a very mixed reaction from the crowd. Cole says that this afternoon, Cena passed ten million fans on Facebook, rattling off some of the people that he's more popular than, including the Dali Lama, and the Rock.
Cena looks around when he's in the ring, but he just shrugs off the boos. Kane's pyro hits and the arena goes dark. Kane makes his way out to the ring, and it's hard to tell if he gets much of a reaction from the crowd, but he looks like he's walking with purpose.
The bell rings and Cena charges Kane, kicking and punching him right off the bat, but Kane lays him out with a back elbow before slamming him into the turnbuckle, hitting him with a chop to the face, and beating on him in the corner. Kane hits Cena with a couple of rights to the face. Cena fights back hitting Cena with a couple of rights of his own before clotheslining Cena over the top rope to the outside. Cena pulls Kane to the outside after him and knocks him to the floor. Kane tries to send Cena into the ring steps, but Cena is able to reverse it, and Kane crashes knees first into the steps.
Cena rolls back into the ring and Kane follows. Cena gets Kane on his shoulder, but Kane fights it off and Cena crashes face first into the mat. Kane punches Cena repeatedly in the corner, picking him back up and hitting him with another right. Kane puts his boot in Cena's back and stomps down before hitting the ropes and hitting Cena with a running single leg dropkick to the face that's good for a near fall. Kane locks in a rear chin lock to try and wear down Cena.
Cena fights up to his feet and out of the hold and both men trade punches. Kane puts Cena right back down to the mat with a quick right to the face that's good for another two count. Kane picks Cena up to his feet and suplexes him, then pins him for another near fall. Kane clamps on another rear chin lock.
Cena fights up to his feet again, making his way out of the hold. Cena hits Kane with a right, but a right from Kane knocks Cena down to the mat again. Kane sends Cena across the ring and charges in right after him, sandwiching him in the corner. Kane charges Cena in the corner but Cena hits a drop toe hold to send Kane into the turnbuckles. Cena goes for the bulldog, but Kane tosses him off and Cena goes to the apron. Kane follows and Cena pulls him down throat first across the top rope. Kane responds by hitting Cena with a big clothesline.
Kane goes to put his hand over Cena's face, but Cena fights it off. Kane persists, and he's finally able to get his hand over Cena's nose and mouth. Cena turns things right around, locking in the STF, but Kane powers right out. Cena charges Kane, but Kane catches him with a side slam, planting him on the mat. Kane goes to the apron and climbs up to the top. He waits for Cena to stand up and launches himself off the top with a huge leaping clothesline.
Kane calls for the chokeslam, but Cena ducks it and hits a running shoulder block, then another that sends Kane to the mat. Cena hits a belly to back suplex and calls for the five knuckle shuffle, getting a lot of boos. Cena looks down but he's grabbed by the throat by Kane. Cena fights it off but Kane hits a big boot for another two count.
Kane takes Cena into the corner and hits him with another big chop to the face. Kane seats Cena on the top turnbuckle and goes up after him. Kane tries for a superplex, but Cena fights him off, sending him crashing down to the mat. Cena stands on the top rope and lets the crowd know that Kane can't see him before hitting a top rope five knuckle shuffle. Cena waits for Kane to get to his feet and he shoulders him, but Kane fights it off. Cena hits a low kick to Kane's leg, but Kane fights right back, sending Cena flying to the outside through the ropes. Kane follows and slams Cena back first into the ring apron.
Cena fights with Kane up the entrance way while the count goes higher and higher. The referee counts out both men, but Cena and Kane continue to fight. Cena grabs some kind of equipment container and uses it to blast Kane
Double Count Out
Cena and Kane fight their way to the backstage area. Cena tosses Kane into some trash cans after a couple of wild punches. Kane hits Cena with a couple of big chair shots to the back. Kane taunts Cena before laying in with another shot across the back. Kane stands over Cena before hitting him with the chair for the fourth time. Kane looks up and he's outside of Zack Ryder's dressing room. Kane breaks down the door, and attacks Ryder, using his hand to smother Zack. Kane rolls Ryder out of the dressing room.
Kane wheels Ryder out to the entrance way, and Ryder is still delirious in his chair. Kane wheels Ryder all the way down to the ring before dumping him out of his wheelchair and sending him into the ring. Kane makes his way into the ring after Ryder and kicks him around a bit. Eve runs down to the ring and begs Kane to not hurt Ryder.
Kane tombstones Ryder then turns to Eve. Cena runs down to the ring, but he gets a chokeslam for his troubles. Kane rolls out of the ring and makes his way to the back, laughing all the way. Eve cries in the ring while Ryder is attended to by trainers, and Cena recovers.
Cole, Lawler and Booker talk about what a tragedy it is that Ryder was laid out by Kane. Booker speculates that this could be the end of Zack Ryder's career.
Back to Rock/Cena as we get a video package detailing Rock's career, and a bit of his reasoning as to why he's coming back for another match against John Cena.